After 14 medical evacuations between Guadeloupe and the Northern Islands, the Puma helicopter has completed its mission in the Antilles


The Guyana Armed Forces Puma helicopter and its crew have completed their mission in the West Indies. They were deployed as reinforcements, during the fourth wave of Covid-19, which hit Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin very hard.

Between September 1 and September 26, 2021, Puma carried out 14 medical evacuations, for the benefit of 19 patients, between hospitals in Guadeloupe and the Northern Islands.

This mission required a significant logistical effort on the part of the Armed Forces in the Antilles (FAA) and the Armed Forces in Guyana. In fact, to reach Guadeloupe from Cayenne, the Puma crew had to add an additional fuel tank to the aircraft, make four technical stops and fly for more than ten hours, partly at night. In addition, the FAA set up a coordination cell between the joint staff of the West Indies zone, the Samu and civil security in order to plan and organize the MEDEVAC as quickly as possible as soon as a need was expressed.

Since April 2020, the airmen deployed in the West Indies, mainly on CASA before the deployment of the Puma in Guadeloupe, have been helping to strengthen the capacity for medical evacuations.

In total since the start of the crisis, 91 patients with Covid-19 have been evacuated thanks to the joint work of the FAA and FAG using the material and human resources of the Air Force and the United Nations. 'Space.

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