HMS Enterprise supports Beirut after port explosion

HMS Enterprise supports Beirut after port explosion

HMS Enterprise has been in Beirut to carry out survey work of the port and deliver vital stores to the city.

The Royal Navy ship has been tasked to support the UK’s efforts following the explosion which has devastated Lebanon’s capital city.

Enterprise has spent the past couple of weeks loading stores from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, and taking them across the Mediterranean to Beirut, including 500 canvas cots, 112 tents and five field kitchens.

Loaded up on the vessel’s quarterdeck, the supplies will be able to house and feed up to 500 soldiers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) who are working on the relief operation.

Also on board Enterprise were three soldiers from the British Army’s Mercian Regiment, ready to help the LAF set up the tents and field kitchens, and seven members of the Royal Marines Force Protection Team from 42 Commando.

Commander Cecil Ladislaus, commanding officer of Enterprise, said: “HMS Enterprise has had a small role to play here supporting our partners in Lebanon in their efforts to rebuild and more importantly, reopen this vital port.

“We are all proud of what we have achieved here working shoulder to shoulder with our Lebanese partners.”

With her supplies on board, Enterprise sailed to Beirut last week and saw the scale and destruction of the blast which happened on August 4.

Source: Royal Navy