British troops arrive for deployment to hurricane-affected countries

British High Commissioner, Janet Douglas, and Head of DFID Caribbean, Colleen Wainwright, Friday evening met the first British troops arriving in Barbados for deployment to affected countries, to support the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

These troops will supply immediate manpower, emergency supplies and equipment to provide rapid assistance to affected communities.

Her Majesty The Queen and British Prime Minister Theresa May have expressed their sympathy for all those in the hurricane-affected islands of the Caribbean.

“The United Kingdom stands in solidarity with all those impacted by Hurricane Irma throughout the Caribbean,” Douglas said.

She said the UK is working closely with CDEMA, local governments and other partners to bring much-needed relief to hard-pressed communities.

Assistance being provided by the British Government to the islands of the Caribbean suffering the impact of Hurricane Irma include £32 million of funding and deployment of four UK Aid humanitarian experts to assist with needs assessments and coordination

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay is also providing immediate assistance, including Royal Engineers and Royal Marines to repair vital services ashore. The ship carries a range of equipment to support humanitarian responses including vehicles, tents and facilities to purify water.

HMS Ocean is being diverted to the Caribbean in order to provide help with reconstruction once the hurricanes have passed.

48 Responses to British troops arrive for deployment to hurricane-affected countries

  1. Bajan September 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

    It’s time that we consider building houses with underground hurricane shelters. These hurricanes are getting bigger and more destructive. We need to face the facts. The weather system is changing.

    • Richard Johnston September 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Bonnie Zephrin’s Castles in Paradise above Savannes Bay in St. Lucia are built with hurricane shelters that would survive a nuclear attack. She’s a smart lady.

  2. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson September 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Take Barbados troops too please.

  3. Trident Black
    Trident Black September 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Before the Chinese deploy theirs.

    • Bajan September 10, 2017 at 5:54 am

      People ain’t understanding what the Chinese are doing in the diaspora until one day they wake up and their grand child name Xoi Chin, their PM name Chin Yen, the radio DJ name Yun Ki Xix. and their national anthem begins with 起来!不愿做奴隶的人们!

  4. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman September 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Great news! Barbados can offer tangible help by its proximity to the catastrophe zone.

  5. Jade Clarke
    Jade Clarke September 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Here comes the former colonialists before the neo colonialists

    • Roger Headley September 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      If your house blow down and they come I know you will welcome them with open arms

    • Roger Headley September 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Interesting comment. Aren’t you helping to build up the colonialists economy?

    • Edwin Leo
      Edwin Leo September 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      At least they are helping. I think thats the point.

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke September 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Help at the price of what? You think they help out of the “goodness” of their heart? They didn’t want to help Montserrat during the Soufriere eruption. Consider that.

    • Isolene Evans
      Isolene Evans September 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Why all the negatively in such a time? What did you do or is going to do to help out fellow humans being.

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke September 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      What did I say that was negative? I stated a fact and maybe it’s hard to be accepted. I suggest you keep it moving .

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley September 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Jade Clarke If you hate the British so much, why don’t you go and live somewhere else, such a damn hypocrite

      • Tee White September 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm

        What’s with this telling people to go and live somewhere else? Barbados is not part of Britain and there is no reason why any Bajan needs to support the British government. In fact if you look at our history, there are a lot of reasons to be against it.

        • jennifer September 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm

          @Tee white – the reason why woolley can say this is because Britain still OWNS this little rock. Lets be real clear and look carefully, with GG and all of that BS. Share arrogance.

          • Bajan September 10, 2017 at 6:10 am

            Jennifer China is fast becoming the modern colonial power in the Caribbean. Just look around.

          • Jennifer September 10, 2017 at 8:06 am

            @bajan – and I am not surprised either. And if we think the British made us $hyt* prepare for deeper servitude. The Chinese is a STRATEGIC long haul people who learn from their mistakes and will do valiently because they set their own systems of learning from education to their Buddha religion. They did not use any system from the people strangulating the earth. In everything there must be a user and a usee. This people love to be used and ridden. Look good.

    • Edwin Leo
      Edwin Leo September 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Its not that. Its helping the people thats important. I guess you would prefer no one came or you can screen who can come to help. I have a friend there who was getting ready to move back to Antigua before the storm.came.

    • Edwin Leo
      Edwin Leo September 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      I guess god forbid if one hit Barbados you would refuse help from the British and USA.

    • Maria Benn
      Maria Benn September 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Agreed Michele

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke September 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      What I’d prefer is for the Caribbean as a region to have contingencies in place as a vulnerable region should have. I don’t see the need for emotional tirade comments. My initial comment is what it is and there’s no getting around. What must be understood is that the British will want recompense for the “help” and would exploit the Caribbean to get it back. I live in the UK and this country does nothing free or out of kindness. This is the same place selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, bombing Syria and “helping refugees” they’ve contributed to making. Put emotions aside. I love the Caribbean however with decades of CARICOM, they should be sufficient enough to not need former masters to step in. Good day

      • Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm

        @Jade – I see what you mean. Mis-education is a big problem for this people. This is why Caricom is partly immobile. Maybe they are waiting for jose to pass, not sure?????? But there should have been a regional response/set up in place long time.

    • Sarah Amlot
      Sarah Amlot September 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Problem is the Caribbean islands cannot sustain themselves without help at the end if the day – why that is the case obviously varies but at the end of the day having help from the UK/USA or wherever is the most important thing i would say… and I am a Brit living in Barbados for the last 29 years

      • Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 8:21 pm

        @Sarah – And your people has put those people in the said dependency position, take a history check. So stop your B/S, and arrogance. The monies made from the sugar, cotton, tobacco, indigo, rum, and the selling of so called melanated people as slaves aka stock made Trillions. So the British will have those resources. It would take this people 250 years to get near their capabilities.

    • Yusuf Hafejee
      Yusuf Hafejee September 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      The help the uk can single handedly provide by the snap of a finger to the caribbean is nothing tbe caribbean put together can do….
      Just my two cents.. time and place for everything…
      Someone is helping.. we appreciate that.

    • Ann Byer
      Ann Byer September 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      What awful comments by some of you…do y’all think those poor people with no roof over their heads and no food to put in their bellies are concerned with where their help is coming from? All y’all got to do when your crisis happens is tell the British people no thanks. IDIOTS.

    • Edwin Leo
      Edwin Leo September 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Look at the USA with Hurricane Harvey/ Irma.Do you really think Caricom could handle a 185mph hurricane and clean up with no help??. Japan had a major earthquake they needed help and they are the 3rd or 4th biggest economy in the world. What if Irma was a few degrees further south and went on to hit Jamaica. These are the same Caricom nations. They will be too busy with their own country. Where is the help going to come from. You have no idea what you are taking about

  6. Peter Merrifield
    Peter Merrifield September 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    About time too!

  7. James Franks September 9, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves ( but not the winds!!)

  8. Betty Proverbs
    Betty Proverbs September 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    And they curse the British for the history !

    • Sarah Amlot
      Sarah Amlot September 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Yes need the Brits now!

      • Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 6:26 pm

        Pslm 81 and the book of OBADIYAH for you.

    • Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Any person who is proud of their nation history of rape, murder, and robbery and displacement of another nation is a sick individual. You will one day (soon) find out that Zepho did you people an injustice.

  9. Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    All this arrogance will soon cease – keep watching events as they unfold.

  10. Tony Webster September 9, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    All these “educated opinions”, and righteous philosophical posturings…make me nauseous.
    I’d much the quicker respect the views / responses of any wretched Barbudans, when some human being – ANY human being- gets the airport working, and communications restored, and distributes building materials, water,clothes, and food aid..

    Me? By Monday, I would have researched, and decided upon whom is best able to deliver my little offering of aid, efficiently, effectively, and securely, from my hands, to the hand or mouth of some needy Barbudan….whom I have never met!

  11. Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Our politicians only talking like lay people. Do you not know these are your people, spanning down to Guyana. Where is hilary.

    • Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      This is the position that this people has been placed in, helpless and DEPENDENT in a crisis. Them ingrafted grangers just geared our people to serve the minority populace and depend on the colonial hub.

  12. Maria Thompson
    Maria Thompson September 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm


  13. Tee White September 10, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Everyone on here is saying that the Caribbean can’t help itself in an emergency but few are asking the question as to why that is. How is it that the Caribbean whose wealth contributed signficantly to lifting Europe out of poverty is in a situation in 2017 where we are unable to respond to a natural disaster? That situation tells us that we are living in a failed economic, social and political system. We know that hurricanes come every year and that in recent years they are becoming more powerful. Cuba, a small Caribbean country which has been under economic siege for the last 50 years has been hailed by the United Nations as being a model in hurricane risk management. How much more could we achieve as a region if we could get off our backs those who are sucking our economic life blood out of us as they have been doing for the last 500 years? That is why when those responsible for our current predicament turn up to “help” in the moment of disaster, people obviously comment. If they really want to help, why don’t they stop plundering us and pay us back what they owe us?

  14. Jennifer September 10, 2017 at 9:04 am

    The brain washing of this people is great bro. Greatful for the work aka crumbs and greatful for the help. The education and religious systems has taught this people to be placid and to love being used. Very, very few can see this. Trending is top priority of this people. This oppressor was APPOINTED to stand on the shoulders of the masses and keep them down. Many of this people is very ignorant and defenseless. Blame our leaders too. When the pineal gland of a people is fused we got a problem Houston. And you see all this so called global warming. Why is the whites rallying for the taking down of statues in the USA,??? Trust me, Britain will start too. There is a lot of things now coming to light, so leave out the cockey/shogun BS.

    • Jennifer September 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Haiti, yet another state under economic siege.

  15. Milli Watt September 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

    where is the deployment from the caribbean……….oh I forgot this crowd to educated so they can’t get dirty and to broke because they lick out the money on cars, trips, food and party. 50 years of independence and this

  16. Greengiant September 10, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Once we are spared from these disasters we will always be a staging ground for relief efforts. Our credibility still remains intact even with all our national issues.

    Locally we mark ourselves with red ink pens, while the developed world still uses blue ink. We need to listen to the voice crying in the wilderness for real political change, less we find ourselves wanting in the near future. We will be there for our regional citizens and this should be our focus now.

  17. Darson September 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    13 Years to the Day and a Sunday to remind me .
    I was in the same position ,the weeks and months after was a humbling experience ,today I worshiped and gave Thanks to My savior, I try reading some of your comments ,It is then I understand how insensitive some of you really are ,I am saddened by some of your comments .
    if you are writing to impress some one, I dont think you are really doing a good job of it.
    I am positing you know nothing about a disaster and less about world affairs ,and then i read you are exprets at economics .
    from my observation ,all you know about the three topic can be written on a 10 cents stamp ,and you will still have space for your name and address.

  18. johnrsmith September 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Our politicians should use the luck barbados had so far, to prepare our country, for what will happen one day and if we get hit one day, we will refuse aid from the past colonial masters……

    • Jennifer September 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

      @johnrsmith – Thanking those people for rescuing any of this people is like thanking them for putting us into slavery now turn servitude OK. You know full well the same 1% strangulating the said people all over the Caribbean. U are more clever than that. So stop.

  19. Ossie Moore September 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    For all of the large mouther you can surely thank the British for educating you in reasoning and analysis! It was an effort not in vain!


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