Navy vessel to visit BVI, but will not dock
TORTOLA – The HMS Medway – a Royal Navy vessel, that is currently the Caribbean’s Guard Ship, will be visiting the territory in the next few days.
According to a media release issued on Friday, the HMS Medway will visit while adhering to the recently imposed COVID-19 restrictions.
“Due to the ongoing 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 territory – including Governor Augustus Jaspert and Premier Andrew Fahie, and conduct training and exercises with key agencies.