Government has revealed that one of the Royal Navy’s ships will be paying a visit to the British Virgin Islands in the next few days.
A government-commissioned media release issued Friday, March 20, said the HMS Medway vessel, which is currently the Caribbean’s Guard Ship, will visit the territory while adhering to the current COVID-19 restrictions recently imposed.
“Due to the on-going travel restrictions in the territory as a result of COVID-19, the vessel will not dock and all crew will remain on board. Whilst here, HMS Medway will take the opportunity to scope approaches to the islands as part of preparations for the hurricane season,” the release said.
It further described the vessel’s purpose as Atlantic Patrol Tasking, stating that it’s mission, “is to focus on demonstrating HMG’s commitment to the Commonwealth and British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean, disrupting the flow of smuggled narcotics and supporting humanitarian relief efforts.”
The HMS Medway is expected to make a return to the territory later this year, where its commanding officer and ship’s company will meet a number of officials from the BVI and also conduct a number of training and exercises with key agencies.
These officials will include Governor Augustus Jaspert, Premier Andrew Fahie, government ministers and other dignitary officials.
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