Military personnel involved in 29 international missions in 2019

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 11-01-2020 10:00:00 · 0 Comments

Last year, Portugal’s Armed Forces participated in 29 international and more than 7,000 national missions, which saved 756 people through various actions, from firefighting, search and rescue and transportation of human organs.

This is the assessment made today by the General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMGFA) which recalled the 2,362 military personnel involved in 29 international missions that took place on the African, American, Asian and European continents.

The military was on the ground supported by 97 tactical vehicles, 12 ships and 10 aircraft, according to EMGFA, which recalls that these are missions of NATO, UN, EU, or bilateral and multilateral character.

"Missions are currently underway in the Central African Republic, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Somalia, Mali, Romania, Colombia and Sao Tome and Principe".

On Portuguese territory, 31,690 troops carried out another 7,384 missions of direct support to the population, which saved 756 human lives.

The armed forces carried out 755 missions to protect and safeguard people and goods: 95 search and rescue actions, 498 medical evacuation missions, 32 missions to transport human organs and 130 missions to support bathers.

Another 6,629 missions were carried out to support the Emergency and Civil Protection Authority, the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF), and within the framework of Municipal Cooperation Protocols.

The majority (6,037) were patrols, support for fighting forest fires, surveillance of forests and forest perimeters, and awareness-raising among the population in 18 districts.

As part of emergency military support, four operations were carried out: in Mozambique due to the IDAI cyclone; in the Azores because of hurricane LORENZO; during the dangerous materials drivers' strike and, at the end of the year, following the floods.

Forty-one soldiers were sent to Mozambique, 294 to the Azores to re-establish the operation of the port of Lajes das Flores and support the population of Flores and Corvo with necessities.

In the strike of drivers of dangerous materials and consequent energy crisis, 120 soldiers were committed.

At the end of the year, in December, a team of Marines and an army team, composed of 14 and 9 soldiers respectively, was deployed following the floods that devastated several areas of the country.


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