To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status and resourcing of the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Task (North); and why it is not participating in the relief efforts for Haiti.
The primary purpose of the Atlantic Patrol Task (North) is the promotion of British interests in the region and the security of the overseas territories. The Royal Navy has a task to maintain a presence in the Caribbean during the hurricane season. As part of a package of savings measures identified to enable the MOD to remain within 2009-10 budgets, cover outside the hurricane period has been temporarily withdrawn. We expect the task to resume in time for the forthcoming hurricane season.
Working closely with colleagues in the Department for International Development, the Royal Navy is supporting relief efforts. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary "Largs Bay" departed the UK on