Hurricane Irma, declared as a Category 5 hurricane, developed in the Caribbean and swept through many of the island chains on its way towards the US East Coast (which was reached on 10 Sep). Almost before Irma had cleared, Hurricane Jose was following c 3 days behind.
Belgian, Canadian, Dutch, French, UK and US forces mobilised in the aftermath of Irma to assist in relief efforts, while the Cayman Islands almost immediately sent a Police helicopter to the Turks and Caicos Islands in support.
By 19 Sep, Canadian forces were assisting UK troops in restoring water supplies on the Turks and Caicos Islands. CC-130s had delivered building materials to Anguilla by 23 Sep.
The French supplemented their locally based Dauphin with a Puma from 3 RHC airlifted by A400M to Martinique. Troops, lorries and stores from 33e RIMa were flown in to Saint Martin on 11 Sep. On 13 Sep an RAF 99 Squadron C-17 was sent to Évreux-Fauville to provide heavy lift for further French aid to Guadeloupe.
The UK contribution was provided under Operation Ruman.
On 29/30 Sep, an Antonov Airlines AN-124 UR-82008 flew from Eindhoven to Sint Maarten with a hold-full of international aid.
While the clear up was still underway, a 3rd tropical storm escalated into the Category 5 Hurricane Maria, threatening Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica, striking the latter on Mon 17 Sep and following roughly the same track as Irma, the week before.
After ravaging the Commonwealth of Dominica, Hurricane Maria moved on to Puerto Rico, leaving the majority of the population without electricity on 19/20 Sep. Late on 20 Sep, RFA Mounts Bay Wildcat rescued 3 souls from the capsized rv Ferrel, off Vieques, with the assistance of USCG units and the USS Kearsarge. The Kearsarge also contributed 6 airframes from HSC-22, to the US Virgin Islands. On 21 Sep, a UK aid team was landed by Chinook on Dominica and a second team arrived on Montserrat to assess damage. The RAF flew in the first Light Wheeled Tractor on an A400M on 24 Sep, after a huge effort by the JADTEU clearing the type for airlift. On 25 Sep both Chinooks embarked on HMS Ocean were at work on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
With the damage so great and widespread across the island chains, the British, Dutch and French governments agreed to establish the Multi National Caribbean Coordination Cell at the Dutch Naval Base on Curaçao, to plan the allocation of military resources, on 21 Sep.
K-MAX in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria, 28-Feb-18 : K-MAX operator ROTAK Helicopter Services of Anchorage, Alaska will be operating on Puerto Rico supporting infrastructure re-building efforts following the devastation of hurricane Maria
RAF Puma HC.2 Fleet Reaches 20,000 Flight Hours, 20-Dec-17 : The 24 Puma HC.2 delivered to the RAF between 2012 and 2015 reached 20,000 flying hours
Royal Cayman Islands Police in Irma Relief, 01-Nov-17 : After Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands on September 6, 2017, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) EC135 helicopter was the only available outside aid for the first 36 hours
USCG and British AW159 Rescue Three off Vieques, 21-Sep-17 : An US Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules and a Royal Navy AW159 helicopter coordinated the rescue of an adult female and two children from the capsized vessel Ferrel near Vieques, Puerto Rico
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|Dates||Rotary Wing Aircraft Unit||Models|
|Flottille 36F Aéronautique Navale||AS365 Dauphin 2|
SA365 Dauphin 2
|sep17 to oct17||423 Squadron Canadian Armed Forces||CH-124 Sea King|
|sep17 to oct17||27 Squadron Royal Air Force||414 - H-47D Chinook|
|sep17 to oct17||33 Squadron Royal Air Force||Puma Mk2|
|sep17 to oct17||Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 US Marine Corps||V-22 Osprey|
|sep17 to oct17||Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Two US Navy||S-70 H-60|
MQ-8A/B Fire Scout
|06sep17 to 12sep17||Air Operations Unit Royal Cayman Islands Police Service||EC135T1|
|07sep17 to oct17||815 Squadron Fleet Air Arm||Lynx|
AW159 Wildcat HMA2
|09sep17 to oct17||3 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre||Gazelle|
|09sep17 to oct17||vsq 860 Marine Luchtvaartdienst||NH90 NFH|
|11sep17 to oct17||18 Squadron Royal Air Force||414 - H-47D Chinook|
|22sep17 to oct17||820 Squadron Fleet Air Arm||EH101|
|22sep17 to oct17||845 Squadron Fleet Air Arm||Merlin HC.3i|
|22sep17 to oct17||847 squadron Royal Marines||AW159 Wildcat AH1|
|Bell MV-22B Osprey||168298|
|Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk||N72764|
|Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King||12426|
|Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk||77-22718 86-24558|
|Eurocopter AS565SA Panther||524|
|NH Industries NH90 NFH||N-325|
|Aerospatiale SA330E Puma||XW217|
|Aerospatiale SA330B Puma||1417 1510|
|Aerospatiale HH-65 Dolphin||6548|
|Boeing CH-47D Chinook||ZA682 ZA684 ZH775|
|Boeing MH-47E Chinook||ZH897 ZH900|
|AgustaWestland Merlin HC.3||ZJ128 ZJ132|
|AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat HMA2||ZZ530|
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|Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear Powered)||Improved Nimitz class||CVN-72 USS Abraham Lincoln,|
|Guided-Missile Destroyer||Arleigh Burke Flight IIA class||DDG-99 USS Farragut,|
|Frigate||City class||FFH 340 HMCS St. John s,|
|Frigate||Floreal class||F733 Ventose,|
|Corvette||Holland class (OPV)||P841 Hr.Ms. Zeeland,|
|Assault Carrier||Ocean class||L12 HMS Ocean,|
|Assault Carrier||Wasp class||LHD-1 USS Wasp, LHD-3 USS Kearsarge, LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima,|
|Assault Carrier||Mistral class||L9014 Tonnerre,|
|Landing Ship/Platform Dock||Bay class||L3008 RFA Mounts Bay,|
|Landing Ship/Platform Dock||Harpers Ferry class||LSD-51 USS Oak Hill,|
|Landing Ship/Platform Dock||San Antonio class||LPD-21 USS New York,|
|Support Ship||Joint Support Ship class||A833 Zr Ms Karel Doorman,|
|Support Ship||Mercy class||T-AH-20 USNS Comfort,|