Argentine and Chilean Navies Carry Out Air Evacuation Exercise

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo December 01, 2017 The Argentine and Chilean Navies carried out the Critical Air Evacuation Joint Exercise (EVACRIT, per its Spanish acronym) on September 13th, in Ushuaia, the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego. In a joint operation with police, civilian doctors, and nurses, the countries’ service members practiced aid operations, using air and land vehicles. A total of 92 people participated in the exercise. “EVACRIT is a joint plan for emergency medical evacuation in humanitarian demining operations,” Argentine Navy Captain Luis Rafael Sgrilletti, chief of staff of the Southern Naval Area, told Diálogo. “The objective was mutual cooperation in the event of an accident during the clearing of minefields on Isla Nueva, in the southern zone of Chile,” Capt. Sgrilletti said. “The teams prepared to provide assistance in the event of injuries of any kind to Chilean military personnel involved in this task.” According to Capt. Sgrilletti, EVACRIT focuses on potential emergencies during the demining of the islands south of the Beagle Channel, in Chilean territory, which takes place between the first week of September and the first week of April. “The Chilean Navy’s Land Mines Operations use all required elements to carry out this work, while complying with all corresponding security regulations, staying overnight in the area of operations,” he explained. The mined area is difficult to access because of the strong winds and rain, in addition to the complex geography. Although accidents are unlikely when demining techniques are used, they must be taken into account, Capt. Sgrilletti said. “As such, at the start of our project we perform an actual exercise with stages of evacuation to the city of Puerto Williams, and, depending on the severity of the injuries, an air evacuation to the city of Ushuaia,” he added. Accident simulation EVACRIT simulated an accident with a service member during demining work on Picton Island, in the south of Chile. The explosion caused the severing of both arms at the elbow, and left a shard embedded in the spleen. The injured was taken by helicopter to the Islas Malvinas International Airport in Ushuaia. “After the patient was evaluated, he was transferred to the Ushuaia Regional Hospital, due to the complexity of the situation,” the Argentine Navy stated in a release. The troops evacuated the patient by ambulance to the Ushuaia Naval Hospital with the help of police patrol cars, which cleared the way from the airport to the hospital. Cars from the Ushuaia municipality blocked roads to allow the convoy to travel faster. At the same time, Ushuaia Naval Base vehicles moved doctors, nurses, and military personnel. “The participants’ skill resulted in an almost one minute improvement [in comparison to] the previous time, coming in at six minutes and 40 seconds,” the Argentine Navy stated. Once at the hospital, the patient underwent an emergency laparotomy (abdominal surgery). Teamwork According to Capt. Sgrilletti, the EVACRIT results were highly satisfactory. “These exercises are extremely important to the development of operations that contribute to world peace and the safety of people,” he said. The exercise mobilized a large number of civilian and military units. “[With this training] we recognize the humanitarian value of demining, through measures that allow for quicker and more effective response to potential medical emergencies occurring in the southern territories of Chile,” Capt. Sgrilletti concluded. Mutual trust “The joint exercises (forces from two different countries) are a fundamental component to implement the process of mutual trust,” Juan Belikow, professor of International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires, told Diálogo. “Argentina and Chile are pioneers in this area in Latin America.” According to Belikow, exercises such as EVACRIT also allow for the evaluation of the teams’ professional training and readiness. “In addition, they force the review and update of intervention protocols for foreseeable emergency situations, ensuring compatibility of joint procedures,” he explained. “These exercises facilitate the periodic review of policies, strategies, logistics, and operations—office work that the exercise validates.”last_img read more

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Plane flies ‘Back Arteta Kroenke Out’ banner over Aston Villa vs Arsenal

first_imgThe plane flew over just after kick-off in the Aston Villa vs Arsenal match (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)However, he is likely to need investment in the playing squad, especially as some players are expected to leave and will need to be replaced.The economic uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis has made funds even tighter at Arsenal and it is unlikely that Arteta will be handed much of a war chest in the transfer window.A banner flown over Villa Park is unlikely to have any impact on the situation.MORE: Brighton to make move for Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-NilesMORE: Mikel Arteta provides blunt response when asked if Mesut Ozil will play again for ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jul 2020 8:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link347Shares Stan Kroenke, the Arsenal owner, has been criticised by a number of fans for not investing heavily enough in the playing staff at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementMany are disgruntled after another season of struggle outside of the Premier League top four, but the arrival of Mikel Arteta has brought optimism.A shock win over Manchester City on Saturday night has seen the Gunners book a place in the FA Cup final and there is increasing belief that Arteta will be able to build a successful side next season. Tonight is the night! At kick off you can expect to see a ‘BACK ARTETA, KROENKE OUT’ plane fly above Villa Park Stadium for 10-15 minutes. This is 8:15pm. Spread the message #BackArteta #KroenkeOut #BAKO #BackArtetaKroenkeOut— Kroenke Out (@kroenke0ut) July 21, 2020 Advertisement Comment The banner flew over Villa Park on Tuesday night (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)A plane flew over Villa Park on Tuesday night, shortly after kick-off in the Aston Villa vs Arsenal match, with a banner trailing behind it which read: ‘Back Arteta Kroenke Out.’There were, of course, no spectators in Villa Park, but the stunt was caught on camera as the Premier League game was played out below.The banner was reportedly organised by the group ‘Kroenke Out’ and was funded by a Justgiving page which raised £1,700, according to ESPN.The Kroenke Out group had declared that the stunt was going to take place in advance, writing on Twitter: ‘Tonight is the night! At kick off you can expect to see a ‘BACK ARTETA, KROENKE OUT’ plane fly above Villa Park Stadium for 10-15 minutes. This is 8:15pm. Spread the message #BackArteta #KroenkeOut #BAKO #BackArtetaKroenkeOut.’ADVERTISEMENT Plane flies ‘Back Arteta Kroenke Out’ banner over Aston Villa vs Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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