UK and French forces train together for hurricane relief in the Caribbean

September 7, 2018 – One year on from the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, Royal Naval auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has landed a team of UK military personnel ashore in Martinique to train in hurricane relief with their French counterparts. Currently midway through her three-year deployment to the region, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship has been playing host to the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Troop who have been sent out to the region to cover the six months of core hurricane season.…

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USNS Comfort Responds to Hospital-Generator Failure in Puerto Rico

USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, received five critical patients around 8 p.m. Oct. 4, from Ryder Memorial Hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico, after its generator failed. The possibility of hospitals in Puerto Rico failing due to running on emergency generators for extended lengths of time had been planned for by Comfort, the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) and other Federal and local agencies.  Patients were medevaced by the Sea Knights of Navy Helicopter Sea Squadron (HSC) 22 and Army Blackhawks. “Working with the Army and the…

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Mounts Bay performs RAS – Replenishment Along Side

Under brilliant Caribbean skies, support vessel RFA Mounts Bay takes on fuel for herself and her Wildcat helicopter… courtesy of the newly-arrived Dutch ship HNLMS Karel Doorman. A difficult – potentially dangerous – maneuver it’s typically performed mid-Ocean between a Royal Fleet Auxiliary and a warship to allow the latter to remain on station for extended periods. Like HMS Ocean, the Doorman – an amphibious support vessel – was sent across the Atlantic in the wake of last months hurricanes. As well as loading relief from her native country to…

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President Trump Visits USS Kearsarge

President Donald J. Trump visited the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 3, to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Navy and Marine Corps leadership. “This is some ship,” said Trump. “It has done a tremendous service for Puerto Rico and for the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Kearsarge and the 26th MEU are assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by…

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Arrival of Tonnerre in St Martin

Google Translation On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the Tonnerre projection and command vessel (BPC) arrived off Saint martin with more than 290 reinforcements, four maneuvering helicopters and a hundred vehicles of the Engineer . Thanks to an amphibious maneuver, the landing operations of the men and the equipment began with the arrival of the BPC in front of the beaches of Saint-Martin. After two days of maneuver, the BPC went to the pier in Phillipsburg to land containers and rolling stock. Summary Recovery Module Action Engineers disembarked began clearing and…

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USNS Comfort Departs for Puerto Rico

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), departed Naval Station Norfolk today and is now underway and making final preparations to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. USNS Comfort can arrive in Puerto Rico as early as Oct. 3, but the final date and arrival location is to be determined. “The medical capability the ship can deliver can be done underway, it can be done in port, or it can be done at anchor. Between the helicopter capability we have and…

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Jones Act Fleet Plays Vital Role in Puerto Rico Relief; AMP Sets Record Straight on Jones Act

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the American Maritime Partnership – the voice of the domestic maritime industry – today issued the following statement regarding the men and women of the American maritime industry’s critical dedication to delivering essential cargoes to areas impacted by the storm and the capacity and capability of Jones Act vessels to meet Puerto Rico’s present and future needs. “The men and women of the American maritime industry stand committed to the communities in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria, where many of our own employees…

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Coast Guard Cutter Elm restores buoys in San Juan and St. Thomas after Hurricane Maria

Coast Guard Cutter Elm is currently restoring aids to navigation buoys throughout waterways near San Juan and St. Thomas after Hurricane Maria. [smartslider3 slider=11] The Elm, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, has assisted in restoring 72 percent of critical aids to navigation after Maria.

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Raytheon Coyote UAVs help NOAA track, model Hurricane Maria

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used six Raytheon Company Coyote® unmanned aerial vehicles to track and model Hurricane Maria. Launched from a NOAA WP-3D Orion hurricane hunter aircraft, the Coyotes flew directly into the storm, giving researchers an unprecedented view of Maria from a safe distance. NOAA researchers prepare to launch a Raytheon-built Coyote UAV into Hurricane Maria. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXdNB7gUUcE[/embedyt] Developed for the military, Coyote is a small, expendable UAV that’s air- or ground-launched into environments too dangerous for manned aircraft. The system can fly for more than an…

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RN Helicopters Survey Damage Caused by Hurricane Maria

Naval aviators were airborne at dawn 21 September for the first overall look at the damage caused on the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Maria. The storm, which hit the British territory yesterday, was the second Category Five hurricane to strike in a fortnight. The archipelago was hit head-on by Irma and her winds of over 150 mph. Maria skirted the islands, which were still subjected to winds in excess of 60mph and torrential rain falling at the rate of an inch in three hours at its worst. When the…

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