Caribbean: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 22nd September 2017.

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Photo of Lord Naseby Lord Naseby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the complement of disaster relief equipment carried by Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mount Bay; and in particular, how many (1) helicopters, (2) tractors, (3) bulldozers, (4) other vehicles, and (5) items of heavy lifting equipment are being carried.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) MOUNTS BAY is currently carrying the following equipment while conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Caribbean:

1 Wildcat helicopter

1 Mexflote raft

1 Combat support boat

2 Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boats

2 Inflatable raiding crafts

2 Medium wheeled tractors

2 Support Vehicles (15 tonne)

1 Rough terrain forklift

1 Light wheeled tractor

2 Quad bikes with trailers

2 Pinzgauer soft top all-terrain vehicles

1 Self loading dump truck

2 Bandvagn 206D flatbeds

1 Support Vehicle (six tonne)

1 Land Rover & trailer

1 King Trailer

This amounts to one helicopter, four tractors, zero bulldozers, 15 other vehicles and three items of heavy lifting equipment.

HMS OCEAN is also due to arrive in the region by 23 September with three Wildcat, four Merlin and two Chinook helicopters and 60 tonnes of Department for International Development supplies onboard to assist with the longer-term recovery effort. HMS OCEAN will be deployed according to need once Hurricane Maria has passed.

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