Sunday, January 16, 2005
Tsunami Update

The British Navy maintains a small presence in Sri Lanka aiding the clean-up. Although helpful, this must be considered a token effort compared to the actions of the United States, Australia and Japan. As this is their local neighbourhood, the response appears proportionate, given our distance from the disaster.

Devonport-based frigate HMS Chatham and Royal Fleet Auxiliary repair ship Diligence remain off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka to help with the rebuilding of coastal towns and villages which were badly-affected by the Christmas tsunami.

The town of Batticaloa and the more isolated community of Kalladar have both benefited from the efforts of the Navy and civilian personnel, augmented by members of the Forward Support Unit from Portsmouth Naval Base, who are working from Diligence.

So long as they remain under the Union Jack and are not rebranded under the EU/UN hydra!


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