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British military ship RFA Mounts Bay returns to VI

The RFA Mounts Bay returned to the Virgin Islands on January 12, 2018 and is expected to depart on Monday January 15, 2018. Photo: VINO
The helicopter used in the aerial operation conducted in the Virgin Islands by RFA Mounts Bay officers in July 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The helicopter used in the aerial operation conducted in the Virgin Islands by RFA Mounts Bay officers in July 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- No! It’s not a take over of the Virgin Islands (VI) by the British, an idea many critics of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government have been advocating for months.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Mounts Bay, a British military ship, has returned to the British Overseas Territory of the VI on a routine visit. It had come to help the Territory before, just after the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

The ship returned on January 12, 2018 and is expected to depart on Monday January 15, 2018.

Ship was helpful after the hurricanes

In September of 2017 when the ship came to the VI shores, at a time of great need for the islands, it brought drinking water and other aid.

On Virgin Gorda, RFA engineers worked for hours assisting with the BVI Electricity Corporation's power station.

In addition, while in the VI last year September 2017 immediately after hurricanes Irma and Maria rendered the capital city, Road Town, a ghost town, Mounts Bay sailors delivered masses of plywood, 75 sheets of corrugated iron, 100 planks of timber, a couple of wheelbarrows and an assortment of hand tools to help with the cleanup efforts.

In September 2017 the ship’s Wildcat helicopter spent hours in the VI skies, either delivering supplies – fresh water especially – or transporting personnel ashore.

This included flying in emergency supplies, such as three tonnes of bottled water and a half a tonne of food, to residents of Jost van Dyke, an island with a population of 300 plus residents.

Why is the ship back?

On this trip, the RFA Mounts Bay will be assisting the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) on a number of clean-up projects this weekend January 12-14, 2018.

Crews from the ship will work on cleanup at the DDM Office building in MacNamara on Tortola, as well as realignment of the Cane Garden Bay siren, and debris management and painting of buildings at Elmore Stoutt High School, according to a Governor’s Office spokeswoman, Maria Mays.

The number of sailors onboard the ship is not immediately known.

28 Responses to “British military ship RFA Mounts Bay returns to VI”

  • one eye (13/01/2018, 19:07) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Welcome back
  • wize up (13/01/2018, 19:24) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    This just my opinion; had the British remain after the desasters this place would be further along especially the streets but leadership is just a fu@& quick and talk that
  • Alvin C (13/01/2018, 19:28) Like (4) Dislike (26) Reply
    The invaders are coming
    • wize up (14/01/2018, 09:23) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ Alvin C: just a point of information: grab hold of a BVI Passport then careful read where it says citizenship: Buckingham is your landlord and landlords don’t invade they inspect their property and if need be, they simply evict(take back what is rightfully and lawfully their)
      • Looking (14/01/2018, 12:24) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        @Wize up, I must say, i dont always agree with some of your comments but i hâve to agree on this one. I dont know what planet Alvin C think he is living on. INVADERS ? LOL.
      • brent (14/01/2018, 14:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        @wize up... I disagree with your statement about it being rightfully and lawfully theirs. They came and took the land. If someone comes and steals your house, is it rightfully theirs? True true they are our landlords NOW.
        • Carib Indian (14/01/2018, 15:37) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
          It is actually all my land and I want to know when you are going to hand it back!
        • Concerned (14/01/2018, 18:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          You think British are bad? Wait until Chinese get hold of more than Beef Island!!!!!
  • ESHS (13/01/2018, 19:49) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Painting of buildings at ESHS is a big joke. They should be demolishing the entire campus except for the L shape building
    • Educator (15/01/2018, 06:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so right. That place need totally demolishing and building an structure that is modern. Digicel CCT MERIDIAN INFINITE MEADE VI MOTORS HARNEYS VP BANK just a few suggestions on companies who need to show up with donations and give back. RTW TICO KMARK FOODS come on now give back some of what this community has given you for several years.
  • grace (13/01/2018, 19:51) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    And we thank you for all the help you have given us. You are welcome here again.
  • Welcome back (13/01/2018, 20:54) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for the assistance rendered and you continue to give.
  • See (13/01/2018, 21:44) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very welcome back
  • Ja rules (14/01/2018, 00:05) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hurry up and take over no government in bvi can handle the bvi
  • Wendy (14/01/2018, 02:39) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    Truly I am one of many who wish they had come to take over as the current government has been a clear failure and must be removed until a next election.
  • ??? (14/01/2018, 14:04) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Everytime that ship comes here disaster strikes....
    • really ? (14/01/2018, 16:48) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ ??? , it cant bring anymore disaster to a place That has been filled with disaster for years. Tortola is So corrupt and evil, nothing IS going to help You all.
  • wize up (14/01/2018, 15:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    How agree with me or does who does not agree with me has nothing to do with me because we all see things from a different perspective; luck here some issues that affected this small territory from the 60s are still affecting the territory in 2018: 24-hours of running water: sewage to name a few: we have some of the poorest internet and telecommunications system in the world yet we fork out some me serious money each month: drop calls out the 4 megs to might get 1 and list goes on: such things happen under poor leadership
  • Marlisa (14/01/2018, 19:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was so used to using the generator, that when electricity came back on this week, I automatically went and turned on the generator this morning. Man, they really have me all screwed up. Same thing happened two weeks ago when they turned on the water, kept using my water hose from the water tank....gee whiz.
  • vex (15/01/2018, 04:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope they never leaves
  • Diaspora (15/01/2018, 09:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    RFA Mounts Bay captain and crew, welcome back to help us (VI) with the recovery effort incident to the damages inflicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Clearly, we are still cleaning up four months after the severe hurricane onslaught. We should have been further along with the clean up effort but it is what it is.

    In regards to painting at Elmore Stoutt High School, why are we wasting time and painting any building on the campus? All the buildings need to be demolished and a modern and functional campus designed that maximized the use of the space. Let’s not forget to test for and remediate any asbestos in the building before taking the wrecking ball to them. In a twisted way, the hurricanes did us favour by making the decision for us so let’s take advantage of it. Captain do you have any Boats Swain Mates aboard? If so can you lower them over board to paint the rusting anchors. The rust is making us Boats look bad and we got an image to protect. Lol!

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