Devastation in the Caribbean
In September 2017 the Caribbean was hit by Hurricane Irma, a category five tropical cyclone with wind speeds of 185mph. Irma killed over 130 people and caused catastrophic damage, leaving thousands of people without shelter and power, facing hunger and disease.
What was operation Ruman?
Ruman was the name of the UK’s humanitarian assistance operation in the aftermath of hurricane Irma. The operation started on 07 September 2017 and lasted for five weeks.
Operation Ruman: The RAF stats
- The RAF delivered 1,500 tonnes of freight and humanitarian aid
- 2,000 passengers flown into and around the region
- 6 types of RAF aircraft used
- 15 RAF Squadrons and Units involved
An immediate response
We don't know when we'll next be needed around the world to provide humanitarian assistance or defend threats to the UK and our allies, but we are always ready to get there quickly and make an immediate impact.
Getting support to those in need
For more than a month our personnel worked with partners to deliver the food, water, medical supplies, and materials the island residents desperately needed.
The RAF moved 1,500 tonnes of freight into and around the Caribbean during the Hurricane relief effort, including shelter kits, solar lanterns and buckets - essential items in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Getting passengers to cut-off places
Our aircraft flew 2,000 passengers into and around the region in the aftermath of Irma. Royal Marines, UK Government ministers and officials, UK police, probation officers could get on the ground to start their critical work.
Working with our international partners
In response to a request from French President Emmanuel Macron, an RAF C-17 Globemaster was dispatched to France to fly specialist disaster relief equipment including a tipper truck, digger and a bulldozer, to the to the French Island of Guadeloupe.
The RAF team
The 38 Expeditionary Air Wing led the RAF’s response of over a dozen flying squadrons and specialist RAF logistics, communications, and security squadrons and units:
- 10 Squadron
- XXIV Squadron
- 27 Squadron
- 33 Squadron
- 47 Squadron
- LXX Squadron
- 99 Squadron
- 101 Squadron
- 7644 (VR) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force
- Deployable Aeromedical Response Team Squadron
- UK Mobile Air Movements Squadron
- 90 Signals Unit
- No 3 Tactical Police Squadron
- Tactical Air Traffic Control
Aircraft used in operation Ruman
- C-17 Globemaster
- C-130J Hercules
- A400M Atlas