Esercito Italiano, January 21, 2016 - Italian Task Force ITALAIR, stationed in southern Lebanon, has successfully completed the aerial medical evacuation of a French military, serving United Nations, seriously ill.
Received the assessment by the Mission Air Operations Centre of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon), the Italian Army AB 212 helicopter carrying a French aero-medical team took off in a six minutes notice. Boarded the patient, the crew reached the St. George Hospital in Beirut where the French soldier has been transported to receive the necessary treatment.
Task Force ITALAIR, currently composed by Army Aviation aircraft with Navy and Air Force crews, is operating in Lebanon since 1979, making this unit the most veteran under United Nations service.
The emergency medical transport is one of the most important services performed by Italian soldiers in Naqoura throughout the area of operations. The flight crews guarantee every day, 24/7, an helicopter ready to take off in 30 minutes for this purpose and a second one for various general purposes tasks carrying out daily reconnaissance missions, patrolling and transport.
In the 37 years of service, ITALAIR has performed more than 39,000 hours of flying in the skies of Lebanon and Israel with over 1700 transports of sick or injured people.