RN Support In Lebanon

soleil

War Hero
Just listening to The World At One on Radio 4 - it sounds as though the UK is going to support Lebanon via various channels, one of which is the Royal Navy.

Things sound utterly desperate in Beirut; the reports on yesterday's explosion were shocking in the extreme. Those poor people.
 
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Wightsparker

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Just listening to The World At One on Radio 4 - it sounds as though the UK is going to support Lebanon via various channels, one of which is the Royal Navy.

Things sound utterly desperate in Beirut; the reports on yesterday's explosion were shocking in the extreme. Those poor people.
Agree, appalling for those affected. And it's 14 years since the RN was last involved in evacuating people from Lebanon....
 

soleil

War Hero
"Ben Wallace authorises British warship to assist in aftermath of Beirut explosion

Ben Wallace has authorised a British warship to assist in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion as the UK Government pledged to send £5million in humanitarian aid to Lebanon.

The Defence Secretary confirmed that the Royal Navy will send HMS Enterprise, a survey vessel currently based in Cyprus, to help Beirut prepare to rebuild its port following the catastrophic blast which left thousands injured and more than 100 dead.

Mr Wallace added that the ship will assess the damage and support “the Lebanese government and people rebuild this vital piece of national infrastructure”.

The Daily Telegraph understands that HMS Enterprise, which carries survey launches to conduct in-shore work, will not deploy immediately.

“The main aim of sending her is to survey the harbour,” a naval source said.

Once in Beirut she will deploy the launches, which are small boats designed to conduct in-shore survey work, in order to assess the shallow waters.

“There will be debris everywhere,” the source added. “She will assist in reopening the port and helping in the medium to long term, such as importing goods via sea freight.”

 
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