Visits to HMS Medway ahead of the next hurricane season


The Royal Navy’s HMS Medway heads to the Bahamas ahead of the 2022 hurricane season.

HMS Medway is the Royal Navy’s permanent presence in the Caribbean region. HMS Medway Commanding Officer Chris Hollingworth and his crew are visiting Nassau until tomorrow in preparation for the 2022 hurricane season. The visit began Jan. 25.

HMS Medway is a river class offshore patrol vessel and has been in the region since early 2020. As well as providing support to UK Overseas Territories in the region (such as the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos ), HMS Medway provides support and humanitarian aid in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster and works side-by-side with regional law enforcement, helping to stop the flow of illegal drugs from America to the South to Europe and North America.

During the tour of HMS Medway, Commander Chris Hollingworth will meet Commodore Raymond King of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and his team. He will make an operational visit to the National Emergency Management Agency and discuss planning with Captain Stephen Russell.

He will also have a courtesy visit with Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis and plans to hold operational discussions with National Security Minister Wayne Munroe and Minister of State Myles LaRoda.

As it is the year of the Platinum Jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign, the Commander had the honor of planting two Lignum Vitae trees with the British High Commissioner and the Bahamas National Trust.

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