UK to support Haiti earthquake response with Royal Navy ship

Port au Prince, Haiti. Image: Pixabay

The UK Government announces new support to Haiti, as the country recovers from the recent devastating earthquake.

The UK Government has announced a package of up to £1 million of initial support to Haiti as the country recovers from the recent devastating earthquake.

This is in addition to significant UK contributions to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, the Red Cross Disaster Relief Emergency Fund and the Start Fund, which have allocated funding of £5.8 million, £600,000, and £250,000 respectively.

The Royal Navy ship RFA Wave Knight will also support the US contribution to the international humanitarian response.

The Wave-class fast fleet tanker – part of the Royal Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) – will serve as a landing pad for US military helicopters responding to the crisis in Haiti.

Following a request for international assistance from the Haitian Government, the UK will send a team of medical experts and a UK humanitarian expert is deploying from the UN to provide support.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said, “Communities in the Caribbean can rely on the Royal Navy to come to their aid when disaster strikes. The Royal Navy has a proud history of supporting British Overseas Territories and other partners in the Caribbean during hurricane season. I’m proud that the UK can now play a part in the US effort to respond to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“Experts from the UK’s Emergency Medical Team will be deployed to Haiti this week to assess requirements for medical assistance and identify additional support,” he added on August 19.

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