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Defence in the Media: Hurricane Dorian relief effort

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Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the UK’s support to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian and RFA Mounts Bay

Coverage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian continues today, including in Sunday Express, Sky News, BBC Breakfast, BBC online, ITV online and Sunday People.

Several media outlets report on the MOD release from yesterday that 18 medics and HMS Protector will join Mounts Bay to bolster the UK response. The Express notes the rescue several days about by a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter of a women and her three children who had been trapped under rubble for days. Reporting on Sky News this morning reports that the 18 extra medics sent from the UK yesterday have now arrived in the region and continues to note the presence of Mounts Bay in the region.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian has required an urgent response and the UK’s commitment to the Caribbean means that our Royal Navy is on hand to help. They have acted swiftly to deploy an extra 18 medical personnel from the UK to the Bahamas, where they will provide desperately needed expertise. As part of this quick response we’re working closely with our US counterparts in delivering assistance to the Bahamas. Our thoughts remain with those affected and those who have lost loved ones and homes.

You can read more about the UK response here.

Image of the day

Royal Marines delivering boxes of aid
Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) teams, from RFA Mounts Bay, are seen here delivering aid to the Island of Great Abaco on the Bahamas.

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