16 Aug '11, 11am

Farewell Rainbow Warrior II as she becomes Rongdhonu, heading to Bangladesh for a life as a medical ship

Farewell Rainbow Warrior II as she becomes Rongdhonu, heading to Bangladesh for a life as a medical ship

After 52 years at sea - with 22 years as a Greenpeace ship - the current Rainbow Warrior is heading for a new life. Over the last few days the bell was removed, the ship’s dolphin mascot taken down and the Rainbow Warrior’s named painted over. Finally today, at a ceremony in Singapore, the Rainbow Warrior was transferred to Friendship , a Bangladesh-based organisation which will refit her for use as a hospital ship. The ship will be renamed Rongdhonu, which means rainbow in Bengali. She will serve the coastal belt of Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal delivering medical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities of the world, communities that have little or no access to basic health care facilities. The Rongdhonu will also serve as an emergency medical ship around the region, bringing medical aid to areas which are already experiencing the effects of climate chang...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/about/farewell-rainbow-...

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