RBR To Fly To Hurricane-Hit Turks & Caicos Tomorrow

Bermuda soldiers will tomorrow (FRI) set off on a mercy mission to the hurricane-devastated Caribbean.  A group of 30 soldierswill leave the island in an RAF Hercules transporter and fly direct to Providenciales in the island chain, then on to Grand Turk to begin relief efforts.

Tons of equipment and vehicles will follow in a separate RAF transport scheduled to leave Bermuda for Grand Turk Saturday.

RBR Adjutant Captain Duncan Simons said the RBR group would include disaster recovery experts from the Regiment’s in-house engineers, Guns and Assault Pioneers, as well as soldiers trained as Special Constables and soldiers with specialist construction skills.

The RBR contingent also includes trained chainsaw operators and first aid specialists.

Captain Simons added: “It is testament to the organisational skills of the RBR that we are packed and ready to go at such short notice.

“We can deploy a platoon-strength group abroad without affecting our ability to respond to any natural disasters at home.

He added: “Our soldiers will hit the ground running and do everything they can to help our friends and neighbours in the Caribbean to recover from this devastating blow.”

The RBR contingent includes expert chainsaw operators and trained medics and the second transport will carry tons of supplies.

They will work with 24 Commando Engineer Regiment, soldiers from the British Army’s Royal Engineers attached to the elite Royal Marines’ 3 Commando Brigade, as part of Britain’s Operation Ruman humanitarian aid effort.