Irma

Boris Johnson Praises Anguilla

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has praised the response of the community in Anguilla after landing on the island to witness the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

He'll be visiting the most hard-hit places of the island before heading to the British Virgin Islands.

More British troops are being sent in to help British Overseas Territories affected by the storm.

HMS Ocean has now set sail for the Caribbean from Gibraltar loaded with long term emergency supplies.

The two-hundred pallets of aid include timber, bottled water, baby milk and clothing.

Aid In The Caribbean "Really Ratcheting Up"

The Foreign Secretary also announced that the British military presence is "really ratcheting up" in the Caribbean, as more troops being sent to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma.

In his first interview since it was revealed he would be travelling to the region, Boris Johnson said his visit is a "very important statement" by the Government to show it is "here for UK nationals" and is a "sign of our absolute commitment to them".

Speaking to the Press Association as he headed towards the British territories affected by the storm, Mr Johnson said:

"The military presence is really ratcheting up now.”

"There were about 700 troops in the region that has now gone up to 1,000. It will go up to 1,250 in the course of the next few days."

"Siri" For Warships 

Britain's next generation of warships will be equipped with computer "assistants", sailing vessels with a "mind" of their own, the head of the Royal Navy has disclosed.

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the First Sea Lord, said the planned new Type 31e frigates would come complete with of app-based tools able to access the ship's data using touch screen displays.

They would also feature voice-control along the lines of Apple's Siri "intelligent personal assistant".

Topics: