Wildcat and Commando Merlin helicopters carry out recce sorties over Bermuda
Wildcat and Commando Merlin helicopters carry out recce sorties over Bermuda

British, Dutch and French Deploy Naval Ships to Assist Caribbean Populations

France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have decided to join efforts in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis currently affecting their overseas territories. In order to help relief local populations, they decided to bring a coordinate military answer in support of civilian crisis management tools. The French, British and Dutch armed forces are deploying military assets in the Caribbean to support their local authorities. As a result, French PHA Dixmude, British RFA Argus and Dutch HNLMS Karel Doorman have been sent to the Caribbean.

Wildcat helicopter carry out recce sorties over Bermuda
Wildcat helicopter carry out recce sorties over Bermuda

This cooperation will be operated by a regional military joint coordination cell which will be located in Fort de France. Its mission will be to optimize national military contributions to support States’ action. This mechanism should provide more agility and flexibility in the response to the spread of the virus throughout the Caribbean.

Commando Merlin helicopter carry out recce sorties over Bermuda
Commando Merlin helicopter carry out recce sorties over Bermuda

Inspired by lessons drawn from their military cooperation during Hurricane Irma in 2017, as well as discussions in EI2 format, the three nations intend to benefit from this experience by better coordinating their actions in a spirit of mutual support and of European solidarity.Every year, Armed Forces personnel provide support to Overseas Territories in the Caribbean during the hurricane season. This year, they’ll also assist the response to the #Coronavirus outbreak if required.

Wildcat and Commando Merlin helicopters carry out recce sorties over Bermuda
Wildcat and Commando Merlin helicopters carry out recce sorties over Bermuda

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