In the past weeks, the air forces of NATO Allies have been supporting each other and their nations in the battle against COVID-19.
Tasks undertaken include transporting patients and medical supplies, say NATO.
“Since the of end January, EATC has supported its seven member nations Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain in the battle against the virus, continuously commanding missions to evacuate infected personnel, ensuring medical supplies are delivered where they are most urgently needed and repatriating citizens back to Europe. A focus lies currently on medical evacuation and relocation missions of COVID-19 patients.”
“We are evacuating infected military personnel from operation areas as well as transporting intensive care patients in support of our member nations,” said Brigadier General Francesco Agresti, Deputy Commander of the EATC.
“Between March 27 and April 3, for instance, EATC commanded five intensive care missions conducted by German A 310 and A 400M in special configuration, bringing Italian and French patients from Bergamo (Italy) and Strasbourg (France) into German hospitals,” Brigadier General Agresti added.
“EATC’s dedicated flying intensive care units are currently in high demand and most probably will continue to be in the weeks to come,” he concluded.
According to its website, the European Air Transport Command is a 24/7 multinational command, located at Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands. It is a unique organisation within Europe for military air transport, air-to-air refuelling and aeromedical evacuation.
The fleet is composed of over 170 assets at the national air bases assigned to the EACT by the seven member nations – all of them NATO Allies.