Local authorities will today undertake a training exercise with members of the United Kingdom navy, who were deployed to the region on the RFA Mounts Bay naval ship.
The training exercise reportedly is to strengthen search and rescue capabilities of Her Majesty’s Customs, local police, and the Virgin Islands Search And Rescue, more commonly known as VISAR.
The RFA docked in the BVI this week and navy members have also begun to chip in to assist with debris cleanup as the territory moves deeper into the 2018 hurricane season.
Naval officers are conducting land and sea cleanup. They are participating in dive cleanup exercises clear the seabed in Cane Garden Bay and Smuggler’s Cove beaches.
“The team is also clearing the mangrove swamp area and planting coral nurseries to help restore the reef, and is working at Ivan Dawson Primary School to install a new rain garden to help prevent flooding,” government has said.
The RFA’s return to the territory comes at a time when UK minister responsible for Overseas Territories, Lord Tariq Ahmad is visiting.
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