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Humanitarian Assistance

The Royal Navy provides humanitarian aid and practical assistance whenever disasters strike. Because the Royal Navy is globally deployed, it very often has ships and skilled military personnel on hand to deliver immediate assistance and is uniquely placed to help.

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The RN has an enviable reputation for providing humanitarian assistance and aid around the world.

The Service has well-trained and equipped ships and personnel for these tasks to be on hand to help the six UK dependent territories in the Caribbean during the hurricane season. It has provided assistance in other parts of the world such as Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami and in Lebanon where it evacuated over 4,000 UK-entitled people in just six days.

Human suffering requires swift and large-scale action and the experience and global presence of Royal Navy ships uniquely positions them to be able to provide assistance.

KEY FACTS

• Providing support to UK Overseas Territories and other countries afflicted by natural disasters (eg Caribbean (Haiti, Belize, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos) and Sri Lanka).

• Evacuating UK citizens and EU nationals from Beirut in the midst of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon (OP Highbrow).

• Repatriating UK citizens from Europe during the UK No-Fly as a result of the Volcanic Ash Cloud (Apr 10).

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