The Royal Navy has praised the ‘Herculean’ efforts of RFA Mounts Bay in restoring power and fresh water for hundreds of British Virgin islanders.
The vessel was deployed from Falmouth last week to provide support for the region in the wake of hurricane Irma.
On Virgin Gorda, the third largest island in the chain and home to 4,000 people, RFA engineers worked for four hours in stifling heat to get a power station running again.
The power also meant the desalination plant could be operated providing fresh water to locals.
Mounts Bay’s raft delivered DIY supplies including 75 sheets of plywood, 75 sheet of corrugated iron, 100 planks of timber, wheelbarrows and hand tools.
The ship’s helicopter spent ten hours in Caribbean skies delivering supplies and transporting personnel.
Captain Stephen Norris, Mounts Bay’s Commanding Officer, praised the efforts of his crew and says their thoughts go out to all affected by hurricane Irma.