Posted on September 16, 2019
HMS Protector has delivered vital aid to the Bahamas as relief efforts continue.
The 38 tonnes of supplies came in from Bermuda and were unloaded at the main Port on New Province Island.
Around 70 of the ship’s crew members spent up to eight hours offloading the aid which will go straight to the Bahamian people, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.
Some of the crew members had experienced first-hand what it is like to have their homes destroyed as a result of a hurricane.
Damian James, Petty Officer Marine Engineering, onboard HMS Protector, said he understood what many were going through after Hurricane Ivan ripped through his home Island of Grenada in 2004.
“I wanted to come out here around really push to help the people of the Bahamas.
“It means a lot to me to be here helping the people from this small island,” he added.
HMS Protector was on her way to Antarctica when she got the call.
Captain Matthew Syrett, the ship’s Commanding Officer, said: “We were in Bermuda when the Bermudan government asked us about any ability for us to help them.
“As an island nation they wanted to make donations from their island to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian and they were struggling to get vessels to take it down there.”
“We had nothing in our holds and it seemed the best thing to do to put the two capabilities together,” Capt Syrett added.
HMS Protector will now continue its journey to Antarctica.