It’s good to help restore some of the attractions that helps bring people to these islands, helping to clear the beach so tourists can return is vital to the local economy

Lieutenant George Wolstenholme Royal Logistic Corps

Having visited Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the ship made the short passage to the British Virgin Islands, where the effects of last year’s storms are still evident.

Indeed, the HADR troop of Royal Engineers, soldiers from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC and the ship’s Wildcat helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron, assisted locals by moving stores and assisting in a beach and mangrove clean-up – all part of the wider effort to attract tourists back.

“It’s good to help restore some of the attractions that helps bring people to these islands, helping to clear the beach so tourists can return is vital to the local economy,” said Lt George Wolstenholme RLC, who was overseeing part of the beach clean-up.

“Also having a uniform presence on the island reassures the local population that we are in the area ready to react if called upon in the coming months.”

Mounts Bay has been deployed to the Caribbean for 12 months – and will remain there until 2020 providing year-round support for British territories and joining in the international fight against drug running in the region when other commitments allow.

Cadet Marine Engineer Officer (RFA)

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