We bring tonnes of aid, significant air and surface lift capacity and hundreds of highly-skilled personnel including engineers, logisticians and medical professionals drawn from all three Services. My ship‘s company and embarked forces are highly trained and we are ready to make a real difference.

Captain Robert Pedre

60 sailors and marines toiled in the Caribbean heat to clear wood, sheets of roofing and other debris dumped around Tortola first by Hurricane Irma, then by Hurricane Maria.

Islanders were treated to the unusual sight of an RAF Chinook carrying a Royal Marines BV All-Terrain Vehicle beneath it. The vehicle will serve as a mobile communications centre.

In the coming days, HMS Ocean will deliver aid and equipment where it is needed across the island chain.

She is then due to continue to other territories affected by this month’s storms, as the Department for International Development (DFID) works with the governments of Britain’s overseas territories on a long-term plan to get the islands back on their feet.

"We bring tonnes of aid, significant air and surface lift capacity and hundreds of highly-skilled personnel including engineers, logisticians and medical professionals drawn from all three Services," said HMS Ocean's Commanding Officer Captain Robert Pedre.

“My ship‘s company and embarked forces are highly trained and we are ready to make a real difference.”

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