The RAF’s contribution to the MOD’s COVID Support Force
On 18th March 2020, the Defence Secretary announced new measures enabling Armed Forces personnel to support public services in their response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Since March, the Royal Air Force have been involved with the following COVID Support Force initiatives:
- The formation of an Aviation Taskforce established to support the Government when requested.
- The use of military aircraft to assist with medical evacuations across the UK.
- The RAF Chinooks will support the work of the joint helicopter command, currently on standby to provide aviation support to civil authorities.
- The Chinnock Support Centre at RAF Odiham are manufacturing clips to enhance the comfort of masks when worn for long periods.
- Delivery of 70kg of PPE to Ascension Island alongside an additional 240kg of PPE for onward transport to St Helena, as part of the UK Government’s commitment to Overseas Territories.
- Provision of assistance to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with repatriation flights allowing British citizens to return home safely to the UK.
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