ESPS Galicia’s Medical conducted helicopter casualty evacuation exercise off Coast of Somalia

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is being prepared to be loaded into a C-17 Globemaster III on the flight line at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 7, 2014. The Pave Hawks were assigned to the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron in support of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The helicopter and 11 crew members were deployed for 12 months and redeployed to the 66th Rescue Squadron and 823rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

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BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 13, 2017-The medical team on board Operation Atalanta flagship, ESPS Galicia, regularly conduct medical exercises at sea to ensure that they remain fully prepared to deal with medical emergencies. The crew are able to carry out a range of medical procedures, from routine first aid to life-saving surgery.
During a recent patrol off the coast of Somalia, ESPS Galicia’s medical team and aircrew worked together to carry out a helicopter casualty evacuation exercise. To make the exercise as realistic as possible, a sailor from ESPS Galicia acted as an injured seafarer who needed to be airlifted via helicopter to the nearest regional health care facility in order to receive urgent medical attention.
After strapping the ‘casualty’ on to a stretcher on to ESPS Galicia’s flight deck, the medical team practiced transferring the casualty to the ship’s helicopter.
Since its launch in December 2008, EU NAVFOR has provided urgent medical assistance to a number of seafarers in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

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