Multinational Caribbean Coordination Cell created

The UK, Netherlands and France have created the Multinational Caribbean Coordination Cell (MNCCC) to coordinate the use of ships and aircraft delivering emergency aid to affected islands.

Building on the strong collaboration seen between the three nations in response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, the military cell will improve the efficiency of humanitarian relief operations in the region.

The MNCCC, building on the UK’s close defence collaboration with France and the Netherlands, is intended to act as a liaison and coordination body which will align international military activity and work as a point of contact for participating nations and regional authorities.

The joint crisis response work so far has included a British C17 aircraft transporting 30 tons of French equipment and vehicles to Guadeloupe to support French helicopter operations, and the Dutch vessel HNLMS KAREL DOORMAN picking up additional UK aid from Portsmouth today on her way to the Caribbean.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The UK has led the way in providing expert disaster relief to those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma and now Maria moving a significant amount of troops, aid and equipment into the region. The creation of this co-ordination centre will see the UK work with our European allies as we share our expertise and assets to coordinate the delivery of emergency relief across the region. In the face of such devastation, it is more important than ever to work side by side with our international allies to maximise our response to this crisis, making sure that aid reaches those who need it most.”

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