The French Air Force has conducted six missions with an A330 MRTT ‘Phénix’ fitted with a ‘Morphée module’ for the transport of intensive care patients.

The abbreviation Morphée is the French name of the god of sleep, Morpheus, and stands for “Module de réanimation pour patient à haute élongation d’évacuation” or a module allowing the professional evacuation of intensive care patients in a military aircraft, say NATO in a press release.

Initially installed in C-135 cargo aircraft, the French Air Force centre for experimentation and the Medial Service integrated the Morphée module with the A330 Phénix planes for experimentation purposes.

The module enables the French Air Force to transport six to 12 seriously wounded patients over a distance of 10,000 km. The certification of the new strategic enabler on the A330 Phénix has now allowed the French Air Force to use it in the fight against the COVID-19.

“During one flight on March 18, the Phénix left the Istres Air Base and flew towards the Grand-Est region, most severely affected by the pandemic in France, to evacuate six patient in serious COVID-19 condition. During the 50-minute flight patients were taken care of by Air Force medical staff who were assisted in the handling by on-board cabin crew. Back at Istres the patients were relocated to military hospitals at Marseille and Toulon in less affected southern France.”

The A330 MRTT flights have been conducted within the framework of operation Résilience. This operation represents the French Armed Forces’ contribution to fighting COVID-19 in France, say NATO.

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Mark B

Harold actually a few of us were indeed chatting about that very subject recently.

The very nature of this site brings discussion about military matters and the defence of the UK.

I am curious though Harold is your interest as a pacifist or a foreign power looking to undermine the UK?

Either way I suspect the majority here are focused on strong UK military to deter aggression – which has served us all well over the last 70 years especially.

Daniele Mandelli

And talking tosh…again.

Please read.

In this thread I wrote –

“I read yesterday that the German Army has donated 60 “Mobile Ventilators” to the NHS and Turkey is supplying the UK with PPE.
Nice to see allies helping out, especially Germany.
Regardless of the B word, they are fellow European friends and allies.

Note the words I use – “Allies” and “Fellow Europeans”

Which they are.

And I voted to leave. The EU is NOT Europe.

So stick THAT in your pipe and smoke it.


Why do we bother replying to such a sad troll clown? It probably gives him a frothy hard on, that people respond, and we shouldnt. But alas I am the worst for it on here, I find it hard to read such crap, and not respond, as I feel even the most stupidest people (Harold and Mike, maybe the same) may need help, and told that eating crayons could be bad for their indigestion.

Daniele Mandelli

I do sometimes ignore him. But with such an obvious shot in the foot comment I was not going to let that tirade go.

He deserves it after the abuse I got the other day.


I know where you are coming from, as they mostly open themselves up for a
easy shot with their total lack of subject matter knowledge and amazing ability to repeat themselves with cut and paste vomit. I mostly laugh as I read and reply, and also realise they are usualy sad trolls.


Yes Germany and Turkey are NATO allies.
To be fair, the latter is a moot point.

Daniele Mandelli

Morning Trevor.

Exactly, which is why I emphasised Germany, not Turkey.

Turkey, not going so well. Although as Andy said in that thread the Foreign Sec is trying.


Oh dear here we go again, Harold knows nothing and seems to be proud of that fact, how sad but predictable.


Eating crayons will make you sick Harold.


What has this got to do with the EU? Turkey and Russia are not in the EU. News reports have suggested that the EU has been split on EU/Euro/ Eurobond lending. Certainly Italy has been critical of EU actions.
In short you are talking self serving nonsense.

Daniele Mandelli

My Italian relatives are Spitting blood at the EU at the moment. Lots of anger growing, which has been going on for years to be fair. Watch this space.


What next guys….no doubt, in one way or another, the EU is responsible for the Coronavirus outbreak. We haven’t quite got to the stage of blaming the EU for the death of Jesus…but I’m sure we will get there. Funny how some contributors still bring up the issue of the EU whilst others have their posts removed!!!


Oh dear that’s one of your more childish posts, as I only see Harold the troll starting to whine about the EU, even though the countries he mentions are not EU members. He is as ever, confused and continues to eat crayons and cat litter. I see lockdown is effecting some people more than others.


Then you are having selective myopia….look more carefully. Anyway…I’m under orders to complete the vacuuming before 3pm. The joys of lockdown!


I see a few comments on EU countries being critical of, er, EU countries, no personal viewpoints? What is it you see? I also see Harold with his trousers around his ankles and pencils in his nose, with underpants on his head.



Mark B

Herodotus is just being sarcastic – mainly with Harold however I think he was also perhaps making some reference back to friendly disputes (which probably got a little heated) on something called Brexit which I can barely remember. We all have bigger fish to fry.


Brexit? Wasn’t that about a thousand years ago?


That’s a bit funnny if you read all the comment and then realize that this article is about an aircraft..
Happy easter egg by the way