Dutch navy supports Dominica

POSTED: 09/16/15 9:35 PM

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Dutch marines hoist a truck aboard the support vessel Pelikaan. Photo contributed

WILLEMSTAD – The support ship Pelikaan of the Royal Dutch Navy left yesterday for Dominica to offer emergency aid. Tropical Storm Erika caused a lot of damages to the island. Earth slides and stone avalanches have destroyed hundreds of homes and caused injuries and deaths. The Government of Dominica has requested emergency aid from the Netherlands.

The Pelikaan sails to Dominica with its regular crew, but it also carries 40 marines from the 32nd raiding squadron from Aruba. Furthermore there is a delegation from the Aruban militia on board. Seven military engineers of the army are also part of the crew.
The vessel has been loaded up with vehicles, a military ambulance, a bulldozer and aid supplies. The fast landing vessels FRISC (Fast Raiding Interception and Special Forces Craft) will be used to access coastal locations that are not accessible over land.
The island mostly needs water and medicine and it needs workers to repair the infrastructure.
The marines will be able to help with the cleanup and with taking care of victims. The Coast Guard helicopter will also provide support.
The Pelikaan will arrive towards the end of this afternoon in Dominica,

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