UK naval support ship to bring the governor’s new car

| 13/07/2015 | 31 Comments
Cayman News Service

RFA Lyme Bay

(CNS): A British naval vessel which is currently on deployment in the Atlantic for both disaster relief and counter narcotics operations is on its way to Cayman and is expected to arrive on Wednesday with a new car for the governor. RFA Lyme Bay will visit for five days and in addition to the humanitarian and relief supplies aboard the ship in the event of a hurricane or other natural or man-made disasters is a new flag car paid for by the UK government.

According to officials the ship was scheduled to approach Cayman Brac from the south-east and move along the north coast, Tuesday before passing between the Sister Islands and along Little Cayman’s south coast. It was expected to be at the eastern end of Cayman Brac at about lunchtime and clear Little Cayman by 4.30 pm.

When it arrives in Grand Cayman the commanding officer will call on Helen Kilpatrick and Premier Alden McLaughlin and he will host an on-board reception while the ship’s company will engage in a sporting event and the disaster relief teams will meet with local officials.

A Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 helicopter is also on board the support vessel for deployment to conduct counter narcotics operations and provide an airborne asset for surveillance, stores delivery and search and rescue if needed.

“My ship’s company and I are very much looking forward to the visit and to making and remaking relationships whilst being able to liaise with disaster management authorities regarding our capabilities,” said Captain Kim Watts ahead of the visit.

RFA Lyme Bay (L3007) is a Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock (LSD(A)) of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). It is manned by 97 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors, along with 23 Royal Naval personnel for helicopter operations, 18 Royal Logistic Corps soldiers to operate the mexeflote and 27 Royal Marines and Royal Engineers in the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) Troop. (Total of 165)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    To be fair the Cayman Navy should have shipped it at the Islands’ expense…

    • Admiral Benbow says:

      Good point. We are paying An incredible amount of money to enough Cayman veterans and seamen to run a small Navy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Are they bringing slot machines for Cayman’s first and worst?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I just wanna know how much C.I. customs duty was paid – and at what rate.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is why 40,000 children a DAY, die from hunger.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this car will have working seat belt for the driver unlike the present one which does not work when the Governor is not in the car?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hope it’s fully modified and equipped with all that good ole GCHQ surveillance equipment and collect some top secret, not-so-secret to some data… 🙂

    But good for her!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is the developer of the Ritz Carlton paying for this new vehicle given a contactor wrote off the last one with a fork- lift?

  8. Keith says:

    Think you will find that the British car industry is a major growth area, particular the Jaguar Land Rover Group. If the Governor has one those then he will be very satisfied.

    • Anonymous says:

      SHE!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Too bad its now owned by Indians … you know – the one-time Asian jewel in the UK’s crown, lol!!

    • Blimey Smithers says:

      Your so called British car industry is own Tata which is Indian Company get yourself educated old Chap! Your servants have become a your master!

      • Anonymous says:

        The vehicles are still designed and built in the UK. Tata is the largest share holder

  9. Anonymous says:

    They will be able to drive the [ insert make & model of car here ] straight off the Lyme. Fix the Crown onto the bumpers & drive away . Hope the Governor doesn’t forget the insurance on this one , last Rolls Royce of the former Gov’ was not comprehensively insured , when the Ritz forklift totalled it. I note that Mike Ryan didn’t pay for that either.

  10. Anonymous says:

    One positive to report is that disproportionate melodrama is a growth area.

  11. WaYaSay says:

    The UK’s contribution to the Cayman’s economy………..

  12. Southsounder says:

    Nah!

  13. Daimler Sovereign says:

    The car may be for the Governor, but, as usual, the taxpayers are being taken for the ride………

    • Anonymous says:

      The car is being paid for by the UK. Try reading the article, 11:07, it helps before commenting.

      • Anonymous says:

        But that is exactly it, UK taxpayers are paying for it!

        • Anonymous says:

          So what? don’t they pay for all expenses for the UK Government, its nothing new, all public servants are paid by tax payers money…whats the big deal?

          • Anonymous says:

            As a UK taxpayer, I certainly consider the use of a Royal Navy vessel as a car ferry for a minor territorial official to be most inappropriate.

            • Anonymous says:

              that is why you are a tax payer and not a legislator……

            • Anonymous says:

              What else is your UK navy gonna do?
              After all, the USA has not instructed them on any new illegal invasions for some years now.
              Instead of complaining, be happy that they’re getting some sailing practice, lol!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Aston Martin DB9 bulletproof everything

  15. Anonymous says:

    Prob one of the “Chelsea Tank” Range Rovers commissioned for the Foreign Office.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I take it the car needs a few extra modifications, than that of previous vehicles that were purchased locally?

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