During Operation Herring in 2014 more than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone had food for a month thanks to a three-day mission by Britain’s Armed Forces to islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak

During Operation Herring in 2014 more than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone had food for a month thanks to a three-day mission by Britain’s Armed Forces to islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak

Royal Navy helicopters and Royal Marines landing craft delivered 220 tonnes of food for the United Nations to remote and isolated communities on a chain of islands 60 miles south of the capital Freetown.

Food supplies have been running low as islanders were unable to trade with the mainland so the UN’s World Health Programme asked the UK military for help – making use of support ship RFA ARGUS, her Merlin helicopters and an assortment of Royal Marines craft.

The three helicopters clocked up 42 flying hours as part of the aid mission –  delivering 314 half-tonne sacks of food, each one containing enough food to support eight households for four weeks.

Soldiers, sailors and Royal Marines carried scores of sacks ashore to coastal communities in the Turtle Islands and neighbouring Sherbro Island, while the helicopters delivered 157 tonnes of food inland, where sailors and RAF personnel set up makeshift drop sites.

Op Herring 2014 food being taken ashore

Food Aid being flown ashore from RFA Argus
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