Navy and police choppers on ‘recce’

| 05/05/2020 | 30 Comments
Cayman News Service
RFA Argus

(CNS): With the Royal Navy task force ship, RFA Argus, anchored off the coast of Grand Cayman, military personnel from the ship will be joining the RCIPS in helicopter reconnaissance and drug interdiction flights, as COVID-19 has limited the planned pre-hurricane season exercises. Governor Martyn Roper said Monday that no one from the crew will be landing but will be surveying the island from the air.

RFA Argus and the HMS Medway have been deployed to the Caribbean for hurricane season to help if any of the islands need assistance in the wake of a serious storm this season. With forecasters predicting an active season in the Atlantic this summer, the possible double whammy of containing the coronavirus and a serious hurricane is keeping many officials, including the governor, awake at night.

As the navy crews cannot land, they will instead engage in coordinated exercises with the police.

“They will be flying two of their helicopters alongside the RCIPS helicopter on a recce of Grand Cayman,” the governor said at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 briefing. “They are looking for key areas and landing sites in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season. They will also be conducting a drug interdiction exercise with the RCIPS Marine Unit. They also plan to conduct an overflight of Cayman Brac ‪tomorrow afternoon.”

Meanwhile, Roper said that the twelve military personnel who arrived from the UK on the British Airways air-bridge last week are already engaging with local officials through virtual meetings while in quarantine. He said he had held a Zoom meeting with them and was planning to talk to them again today.

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  1. MR says:

    As an itty-bitty little country we should count ourselves fortunate and blessed to have this caliber of professionalism and protection afforded to us by Great Britain’s military and navy!

    Thanks for the stop-in gentlemen and be safe on your journeys around the Caribbean!

    I am happy to know you all are nearby at this time and my kids sure loved the little air show of military helicopters.

  2. Anonymous says:

    God bless the Queen and all of humanity…forgive those that trespass against us. keep up the good work Mr. Roper. Please don’t wait for phase two to implement the wearing of face mask. A Caymanian.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m used to bat shit crazy comments on CNS but these are incredible. Are these Caymanians making these Neanderthal comments?

    • Anonymous says:

      No just the Neanderthals making Neanderthal comments. Hail ragnar!

    • MR says:

      Caymanian here – many generations – and I am happy to know we are tucked under mother England’s wing and I hope we stay there.

  4. Anonymous says:

    For God’s sake show some respect! You can’t go through life bring negative about everything.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to Her Majesty’s Royal Navy!

  6. Anonymous says:

    The invasion is well and truly under way.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Recce my ass. Quit the shit Roper, we all know why they are here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully to overthrow Alden and Jon Ding Dong.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why are they here then? You should be thankful for the help. People are always complaining about crime and this and that. Just pray a drug canoe loaded with drugs and viruses arent on the way, and make it through. If you feel the government cannot do their jobs, get your ass certified and go help them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why? Enlighten us.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully getting back to our 18th century roots and putting people back in their places? Is that why they’re here?

      • Anon says:

        2.07pm Your 18th century roots were firmly in the swamp and it appears yours still are.

      • Anonymous says:

        Give it a rest already. Or continue to live in the way way way way way past and never ever achieve greatness.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please enlighten.
      Especially it has now left for another OT.

      • Anonymous says:

        But you see, that’s what they want you to think. Secretly they landed a detachment of Gurkhas on Cayman Brac because we all know that there has to be a cover up for there to only be one COVID case on the Brac and when it comes out there will be insurrection and you need mountain/jungle troops for the Brac so regular police wouldn’t be able to quell the dissent.

        Don’t believe me? Wait a few months when this is all over they’ll cruise past close again for another ‘peaceful visit’ or ‘humanitarian mission’, the black helicopters will fly over, and the Gurkhas will slip away in secret, mission accomplished.

        Aayo Gorkhali!

        Bonus Conspiracy – If they announce more Brac cases, that proves it. If they don’t get any more, that proves it must have been a cover up.

        • Anonymous says:

          I doubt the UK needs Nepalese gurkhas. I do believe there is a cover up on the Brac covid cases. I thought the same thing before you came with that awesome tabloid story. Even if the UK wanted to plant military men here thats their business! I doubt they came here to kill us, but to only help. The Cayman Islands have been way to slack with security for too long. If another country attempted to invade here we would be in shit. I say leave the ship here for our protection.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, for the love of God, why don’t you tell us! We’d all like to know the big secret you seem to be in on. Geesh.

    • Anonymous says:

      Probably the same reason they came last year and the year before that

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