It’s been another highly-successful day delivering life support to island communities: more food, water and building supplies delivered

Captain Stephen Norris RFA, Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay

The helicopter also flew Governor Augustus Jaspert and his staff to Anegada, the most northerly, second largest, but sparsely populated island in the overseas territory.

His visit to meet some of the 285 islanders resulted in an urgent delivery of half a tonne of water by the Wildcat.

Mounts Bay, located in waters just off Road Town, also acted as a floating petrol station, filling up Virgin Islands police boats.

After five continuous days of support, Captain Stephen Norris RFA, Mounts Bay’s Commanding Officer, said his team – sailors, soldiers, Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm, medics, engineers – had made another ‘significant contribution’ to restoring services across the British Virgin Islands.

“It’s been another highly-successful day delivering life support to island communities: more food, water and building supplies delivered,” he added.

“I am particularly proud of the RFA engineers who worked on a high-voltage power plant without any technical drawings in order to restore power to a significant number of people.

Captain Norris continued, "To witness the level of destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma is truly shocking and humbling and the thoughts of all on RFA Mounts Bay go out to those in the Overseas Territories that have been affected by this tragedy.

“Faced with the herculean task of attending several devastated islands has been immense and I can only praise the professionalism and tireless dedication of everyone onboard. We will continue with this task for as long as it takes.”

Marine Engineer Officer (RFA)

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