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Press release: UK sending medical help and specialist equipment in order to earthquake-hit Turkey

The UK will send a field medical center and C130 Hercules critical care air support group and aircraft in the arriving days to help provide important emergency treatment to those significantly injured by the catastrophic earthquake in Turkey. The united kingdom has moved quickly to get vital emergency supplies to survivors of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We’re sending thousands of thermal blankets to Turkey to assist those in the hardest-hit places keep warm in the sub-zero temperatures. The field medical center, which will include an emergency division, 24/7 operating theatre, and accompanying clinical staff, will deploy to support the post-earthquake response in country. A good eight-person specialist military group is already assisting with planning in Ankara, Turkey plus tonight an RAF transportation aircraft is due to depart RAF Brize Norton (Thurs) with humanitarian aid announced by the Foreign Commonwealth and Advancement Office. Development Minister Andrew Mitchell mentioned:

Defence Secretary Bill Wallace said:

This comes on top of key staff arriving at the British Embassy in Ankara and a A400M RAF transport plane departing tonight carrying humanitarian aid, including thousands of thermal covers to keep survivors warm within sub-zero temperatures. As the search and save operation continues in Turkey, a specialist planning team, sent from the UK’s high-readiness unit Joint Force Headquarters, can support the British Charge with coordinating the UK’s support, using their experience in operational delivery, logistics plus communications.

The UK stands ready to assist our close allies and friends during this awful time. We will keep options open for further assistance because requested. Our thoughts are with the many victims of this devastating earthquake. Our team is trained, outfitted and configured to assist our Embassy in Ankara within coordinating the UK’s provide of humanitarian support in order to Turkey’s disaster response operation.

Joint Force Head office commander Brigadier Dan Reeve said: This is part of a wider package of UNITED KINGDOM support to the people associated with Turkey and Syria.

The Defence Admin agreed to deploy the possessions after the Ministry of Protection and his Turkish counterpart liaised over the last 24 hours.

The Hercules C130 will be used to shift casualties within Turkey.


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