Strategic Airlift Capability conducts humanitarian relief efforts in the Caribbean
Cargo being uploaded at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Eindhoven Air Base - Photo RNLAF Eindhoven Air Base Public Affairs Office
Sep 11, 2017
Hungary - The Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) launched a
humanitarian relief mission to the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma
on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Strategic Airlift Capability launched the Emergency Response Mission following
a request from the Netherlands, one of the SAC member Nations.
started from Pápa Air Base, the home station of the three SAC C-17’s, via
Eindhoven in the Netherlands to upload the humanitarian relief cargo needed to
ease the pressure on the people of the severely damaged island of St. Maarten.
uncertain airport conditions on the island, the first run was conducted to
Curacao, which was not damaged by the Hurricane, but was designated as a staging
point for support to the island of St. Maarten. Reportedly airport conditions in
St. Maarten are cleared and another airlift is planned to go directly there.
relief missions, often on short notice is one of the mission profiles that the
SAC C-17’s can perform to support the 12 member nations in the SAC program.
Examples of previous humanitarian relief missions performed by the Strategic
Airlift Capability are the earthquake relief in Haiti, and the flood relief in
Pakistan in 2010.
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To learn more about the Strategic Airlift Capability, visit their website www.sacprogram.org