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4/7/2020 10:00 AM
Strategic Airlift Capability Delivers Mobile Intensive Care Units to Sint Maarten
7 APRIL 2020 – PÁPA - - The Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) delivered two Mobile Intensive Care Units to the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, upon the request of Member Nation The Netherlands in an Emergency Response Mission. The two Units house six intensive care beds with ventilators, and equipment for an additional six ICU beds in the Dutch Caribbean. This delivery is essential for the people of the islands to be able to treat and save lives of COVID-19 patients.

Photo: Ministerie van Defensie - the Netherlands

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SAC 01, one of SAC's three Boeing C-17 Globemasters, took of from Eindhoven, the Netherlands in the morning of April, 5, loaded with two Mobile Intensive Care Units and additional medical protective equipment to equip health workers and medication for COVID-19 patients. The Mobile Intensive Care Units (ICU) are fully equipped for independent mobile operation.


Photo: Ministerie van Defensie - the Netherlands

The Dutch Carribean has limited capacities to care for the sudden surge of COVID-19 patients, especially the ones needing intensive care and ventilation. These ICU's will significantly increase the island's capacity to save lives of residents in a critical condition.


Photo: Ministerie van Defensie - the Netherlands

This emergency response Mission was carried out by the multinational crew of the Heavy Airlift Wing, the operational arm of the Strategic Airlift Capability, including Dutch crewmembers on board.


Photo: Ministerie van Defensie - the Netherlands

This humanitarian Emergency Response Mission (ERM) is the fourth in a series of ERM's carried out by the Strategic Airlift Capability upon request of its Member Nations. In the past two weeks the heavy Airlift Wing delivered 135 tons of Personal Protective Equipment to Romania.


About the Strategic Airlift Capability

Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), established in 2008, is a multinational program that provides its 12 member nations with assured access to military airlift capability by owning and operating three C-17A Globemaster III long-range cargo aircraft.

SAC is based at the Hungarian Defense Forces (HDF) Pápa Air Base, Hungary.

The SAC Nations are the NATO members Hungary (program host nation), Bulgaria, estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and the United States, and the NATO Partnership fo Peace nations Finland and Sweden. Each participating nation own a share of the available flight hours of the SAC C-17A's to serve the needs of their national defense, NATO, EU, or UN commitments, and humanitarian relief efforts.

SAC consits of the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO). The HAW is the operational unit, and the NAM PO, an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), is the acquisition and sustainment authority of the SAC C-17A weapon system.

NAM PO contracts with the U.S. Government, via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements with the USAF, for SAC C-17 Technical and intergrated product support, Flight crew training and operational data services. The USAF in turn sub-contracts many of these services to Industry; notably Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.