Operation RumanDisaster relief work by the Naval service in the Caribbean, 2017
RFA Mounts Bay - in the right place at the right time, already pre-positioned in the Caribbean region prepared for disaster relief work before Hurricane Irma hit.
The versatile and inexpensive Bay class ships offer great value to the taxpayer and have a track record of delivering during disaster relief operations
Royal Marines of 40 Cdo arrive from Britain and join RN, RFA and Army personnel delivering aid and working on emergency repairs in the British Virgin Islands
On 22nd September the Wildcat helicopter for RFA Mounts Bay rescued a woman and her children from capsized ship near Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
The mighty mexeflote brings aid materials ashore from RFA Mounts Bay
Meanwhile HMS Ocean in the Eastern Mediterranean is hastily re-tasked to return to Gibraltar and store ship before heading across the Atlantic to join the aid effort.
HMS Ocean loads relief stores in Gibraltar
Loaded down with stores before departing Gibraltar
Flat out across the Atlantic
Preparing the ships company ready to go ashore
Teams from HMS Ocean get to work
Royal Marines repair prisons and assist police with security and the round up of escaped prisoners
Royal Marines unload relief supplies delivered by an RAF A400 on Grand Turk
Priti Patel, Minister for Overseas Development watching LCVP unload Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
39 of the most vulnerable British citizens in Dominica evacuated to HMS Ocean for medical care, food & water
Royal Marines have assist UNICEF and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in erecting tents for temporary schools, Tortola, BVI.
Thanks from grateful Islanders.
RFA Mounts Bay remains in the Caribbean providing on-going support to devastated communities as they begin rebuilding work. CO was presented with special token for their tremendous efforts by the governor of the British Virgin Islands. Dutch logistic ship HNLMS Karel Doorman supplied fuel and relief stores to her alongside in St Martin. (Photos: Dutch Navy)
A semblance of normality returns to the Islands. Royal Marines play rugby match against locals and run a seminar on maintaining generators.
Royal Marines head home
HMS Ocean heads for Miami and then back to operations in the Mediterranean. She will be decommissioned without replacement on 31st March 2018