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  • liberia Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone


    The most widespread epidemic of Ebola virus disease in history began in Guinea in December 2013 and then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of 14 December 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) and respective governments have reported a total of 18,653 suspected cases and 7,265 deaths.
    The US response is named Operation United Assistance
    The UK response is detailed under Operation Gritrock.
    The USA took the lead for international action in Liberia, whilst the UK assumed this role in Sierra Leone. As well as the host countries, other nations have also participated in fighting this medical emergency.


    GHS Helicopters Helped in Borno Refugees Camp, 19-Jan-17 : German GHS Bell 212 and 412 under contract with UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Nigeria respond after an Air force Alpha Jet strikes a refugees camp in a so-called “friendly fire incident”

    Task Force Iron Knights in Operation United Assistance, 16-Dec-14 : Task Force Iron Knights, 2-501 AVN, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade provide helicopters to Operation United Assistance in the fight against the Ebola virus disease in Liberia

    US Marines Two Months Fighting Ebola in West Africa, 08-Dec-14 : Since October 2014 a detachment from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa is supporting Operation United Assistance, the US response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia

    Royal Navy Merlin Deliver Aid in Fight Against Ebola, 26-Nov-14 : Royal Navy Merlin helicopters based aboard RFA Argus in Freetown Sierra Leone deliver aid under UN World Food Programme in the ongoing international effort against Ebola

    Volga-Dnepr Delivers Mi-8s To Fight Ebola, 16-Oct-14 : In response to the Ebola virus outbreak Volga-Dnepr transported 3 Mi-8 helicopters for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Sierra Leone

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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        US 1st Combat Aviation Brigade US Army Aviation
        US Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa US Marine Corps V-22 Osprey

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation
    Some of the units could be operating fixed wing aircraft at the time, check every unit for details

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Bell 412SP ZS-ROK    
    Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk 97-26769    
    Eurocopter AS350B2 Ecureuil CS-HGG    
    Boeing CH-47F Chinook 08-08774    


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