The Royal Fleet Auxillary vessel RFA Wave Ruler is scheduled to revisit Grand Cayman between 22-26 July, before calling on to Cayman Brac for a day.
Returning to the Islands will allow the support ship’s crew to familiarise themselves with local infrastructure, in case there is a need to respond to any regional emergency. This will be the fourth visit since 2008.
Calls will be made on Acting Governor Donovan Ebanks; Acting Premier Rolston Anglin, and Hazard Management Cayman Islands Director McCleary Frederick.
Over the weekend, Commanding Officer Captain Norris of the RFA will host a reception for local dignitaries and winners of the Governor’s Five Star Award for Customer Service Excellence or FACE Awards.
Naval officers will also meet with officials from the Health Services Authority and the Cayman Islands Red Cross to discuss responses in the event of a major disaster. In addition, the ship’s company will participate in a search and rescue exercise, call on the Cayman’s Marine Unit and participate in a football match.
On Wednesday, 27 July, the vessel will call at Cayman Brac to discuss disaster relief with the District Commissioner Ernie Scott, as well as to tour the Island.
Patrolling the North Atlantic and Caribbean, the RFA Wave Ruler comprises a significant part of the Navy’s presence in this hemisphere. Its primary roles are to provide support to the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories and to strengthen the UK Government’s regional commitment.
That includes providing area support in the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane. With its extensive range of disaster relief stores, the Wave Ruler is capable of providing food, water and shelter, as required.
Grand Cayman is the storage site for the UK Government’s Department for International Development’s emergency response items in the region.
Local storage of the DFID’s inventory is the responsibility of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
The RFA Wave Ruler is providing cover for the Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda during this year’s hurricane season.