Coronavirus: One million masks for the West Indies


The amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Diksmuide left this Friday, April 3 in the morning from Toulon to reach the West Indies with more than a million masks on board, announced the Ministry of the Armed Forces in a statement.


Expected in mid-April in the West Indies, Diksmuide will, as part of the fight against coronavirus, bring “more than a million surgical masks”, “more than 170.000 FFP2 masks” and “several hundred liters of hydro-alcoholic gel”, according to this press release.

In addition to the delivery of this medical freight to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic, Dixmude “could be used (…) to ensure logistics or transport missions in order to guarantee the populations basic needs”, in the part of the military operation Resilience, according to the ministry.

The PHA has four helicopters on board (two Army Puma, one National Gendarmerie Squirrel and one Civil Security EC 145), as well as “two disinfection teams” from the 2nd Dragon Regiment.

After the West Indies, the ship “could then head to Guyana as needed,” said the press release.

A second helicopter carrier, the Mistral, “will reach Mayotte on Saturday April 4”, to provide logistical support to this French territory in the Indian Ocean already affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, according to the ministry's press release.

The ship contains in particular "amphibious means, helicopters and an on-board battle group which will supplement the strength of the detachment of the Foreign Legion of Mayotte, thus reinforcing the military and logistical capacities of this permanent unit", argues the ministry.


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