We're working closely with our colleagues in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and DfID to make sure UK Aid makes a difference whenever and wherever it is needed to help our Overseas Territories get back on their feet

Wing Commander Gareth Burdett, Commanding Officer RAF Air Wing

The archipelago lies around 550 miles northwest of the British Virgin Isles, where much of the UK's military aid effort has been focused since the relief operation got under way on Friday.

The Turks and Caicos are 1,000 miles from Barbados which is acting as the RAF's hub for Operation Ruman - codename for the relief mission.

Using A400M Atlas and C-130 Hercules transporters, plus Voyager passenger aircraft, the air force's 38 Expeditionary Air Wing, have moved more than 700 military and civilian personnel - aid workers, police officers - and 70 tonnes of supplies around the hurricane-hit region.

"The pace of work here in the Caribbean is relentless, but we all know that people across the region are depending upon us," said Air Wing's CO Wing Commander Gareth Burdett.

"We're working closely with our colleagues in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and DfID to make sure UK Aid makes a difference whenever and wherever it is needed to help our Overseas Territories get back on their feet."

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