UK Armed Forces minister to visit Cayman this week

The UK’s Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, is arriving Wednesday, 9 Oct., for a four-day visit.

During his visit, the minister will discuss disaster-relief issues with local officials and meet with uniformed departments, including police and Customs and Border Control.

He is scheduled to meet with the RCIPS Air Operations Unit to talk about the support offered to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. The helicopter and crew deployed to the country last month to support the relief effort.

He will also meet with the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps to learn about their training and programmes, and will visit the Red Cross and Hazard Management Cayman Islands to discuss disaster preparedness, according to a press release from government. Lancaster will also tour the police marine base and meet with CBC at the airport.   

During his visit, he will also address delegates from around the region at a five-day Economic Exclusion Zone Export training course, hosted by the RCIPS and facilitated by the UK Ministry of Defence.

According to the press release, since the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was passed, most countries have claimed waters, but few have increased their enforcement agencies proportionately. The EEZ Export Course “encourages nations to optimise their limited resources by developing regional solutions to issues and sharing information and resources with internal stakeholders”.