Members of the T&T Defence Force on board the Galleon’s Passage before their departure for St Vincent

Carisa Lee

In 48-hours another vessel with humanitarian supplies will sail for St Vincent and the Grenadines from this country to assist the people affected by the explosive eruptions of La Soufriere Volcano.

Minister of National Security Stuart Young made the announcement when he addressed members of the T&T Defence Force this morning before they left for the island aboard the Galleon’s Passage with the first shipment of supplies.

“You are not going into the volcanic zone,” Young assured the members.

He told the group of 50 Defence Force members from the T&T Regiment, Coast Guard, Air Guard and Reserves that a Coast Guard vessel will accompany them and they should use that as their base and not put any additional burdens on the already struggling St. Vincent.

“Operate well from it,” he told them.

Before the vessel’s departure, Minister Young took members of the media onboard for a tour. Water trucks filled with water, tanks and buckets along with food and medical supplies are among the relief items on board.

The Minister thanked the Defence Force members for their commitment but reminded them the world is still in the middle of a pandemic.

“Wear your mask at all times . . . make us proud,” he said.

Young said the Galleon’s Passage will return tomorrow with 40 T&T nationals who will be quarantined upon arrival.

The Defence Force team, who will arrive in St. Vincent after eight hours of sailing, will stay remain on the island for 14 days.

“We will support you here and do all that is necessary,” Young told them.