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Air Force supports humanitarian mission to Samoa

A C-130 Hercules of No.40 Sqn offloads stores at Samoa for TROPIC TWILIGHT. Image: OH_H1013410_0004.

Around ten tonnes of medical equipment and fourteen tonnes of supply equipment were flown to Samoa on board a C-130 Hercules of No.40 Squadron, with controlled medical supplies in particular correctly stowed, protected and monitored. The personnel for TROPIC TWILIGHT flew up in one of the Squadron’s Boeing 757s.

A New Zealand Army Forward Surgical Team (FST), including doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and a range of other medical staff, have set up their tent hospital in the Samoan capital of Apia, to replicate how it would operate in a disaster relief situation. The FST is undertaking minor surgery on a number of Samoan patients.

A team of healthcare and dental specialists will conduct medical outreach programmes to remote locations across the islands of 'Upolu and Savai'i, while a small Army engineer element will assist with minor repairs to Samoan health facilities.

Exercise TROPIC TWILIGHT, which is conducted by the New Zealand Defence Force in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is running from 28 July to 19 August.  2012. Small contingents from the Australian Defence Force, French Armed Forces New Caledonia (FANC), and the United States are working alongside the Kiwis as part of the exercise.

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