HMS Portland coming to CI

Plymouth based Royal Navy warship HMS Portland anchors off of Grand Cayman tomorrow as part of her deployment to the Caribbean.

The aims of the visit are to demonstrate commitment to assist the Cayman Islands in emergencies in particular to discuss the contribution the ship could make in the event of a natural disaster and to conduct an exercise with the RCIPS and to provide the ship’s company with an opportunity to relax during their six month deployment, states a press release.

The aim of Portland’s deployment is to provide support to UK Overseas Territories while being ready in all respects to conduct humanitarian disaster relief, particularly in terms of post hurricane support.

Outside of this programme the ship is available for counter-drugs operations, working closely with the United States Coasts Guard.

So far the Ship has visited the Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados and Martinique with future visits being planned for, amongst other places, Jamaica and Dominica.

Her Commanding Officer, Commander Mike Utley said, ‘My entire ship’s company have spent the last six months working up to this deployment and we are now fully mission-capable and are ready to go. We are looking forward to getting out there and doing our job.’

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