St. Kitts and Nevis welcomed with a water salute Air Force Reserve Command’s WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on April 23, 2015. SCASPA’s Airport Manager, Mr. Elsworth Warner and Meteorologist, Mr. Elmo Burke were on the ground to welcome the crew of the aircraft on its inaugural landing.
Crew members of the Hurricane Hunter were treated to a warm welcoming recption at the St. Kitts Marriott. The event, organized by SCASPA, featured remarks from Minister with responisbility for SCASPA, Honourable Ian Liburd, Coordinaring Director, Caribbean Maritime Organization, Mr. Tyrone Sutherland, Director, National Hurricane Centre, Mr. Richard Knabb, and Airport Manager, Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority, Mr. Stephen Hanley.
On April 24, government officials, media and students from primary and high schools on the island toured the Hurricane Hunter. The tour offered an opportunity for visitors to learn how scientists collect hurricane information and assist the community in gearing up for the upcoming hurricane season and weather storms. While the tour took place, Principal, Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Dr. David Farrel visited the Washington Archibald High School and made an engaging presentation to first, second and fourth form geography students on becoming “climate-smart”.
After the tour, Airport Manager, SCASPA, Mr. Elworth Warner, presented a plaque of St. Kitts to Captain of the Aircraft, Mr. Jarod Hamblin, thanking the crew for including St. Kitts on its hurricane awareness tour itinerary.
After the handing-over ceremony, the aircraft departed the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport with locals and airport staff and stakeholders waving goodbye.