What is the Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief Troop?

The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Troop play a vital role in supporting humanitarian disaster relief to those worst affected.

Members of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) team from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s RFA Mounts Bay deliver supplies after Hurricane Dorian on the island of Great Abaco, Bahamas 04 September 2019. LPhot Paul Halliwell/Royal Navy/.

HADR Troop is a vital asset of the Royal Navy, providing the brains, brawns and expertise in the aftermath of the wake of a natural disaster, such as restoring power and water supplies.

The Troop consists of 19 Royal Engineers and Royal Marines and is deployed in the Caribbean for six (6) months for the Core Hurricane Season.


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