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The Owen Roberts International Airport also featured a brief show of strength from the United States Marine Corps.
Four large helicopters and their crews stopped over late Tuesday, on their way to Haiti to assist with relief from Hurricane Matthew.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter caught up with the marines on the tarmac.

“I think that there is an enthusiasm to help,” said Col. Thomas Prentice, Commander of Special Purpose Marine Task Force for U.S Southern Command.

The special purpose marine task force landed at Owen Roberts International on Tuesday.

“Well right now we’re in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, our expectation is that the people of Haiti may need assistance.” Said Col. Thomas Prentice,

During Hurricane season, the task force is usually deployed in Honduras, to be closer to any potential trouble spots.

“So what we’ve done is we’ve staged our helicopters and some of our equipment and our marines and sailors here in Grand Cayman because it gives us a stepping off point so that we can fly there,” said Col. Thomas Prentice.

The four helicopters are ready to carry 72 marines to Haiti, A 12-hour flight from George Town.

“These are heavy lift helicopters that you see behind me, they are marine corps c-h-53 helicopters, they are the largest helicopters in our inventory,” said Col. Thomas Prentice.

The helicopters are used in operations that need to bring in heavy amounts of food and water to an area in crisis.

“Our main mission is to be prepared to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to countries and places that are encountering national disaster,” said Col. Thomas Prentice.

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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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