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Belgian NH90 Helicopter Conducts First Rescue Mission


The Belgian NH90 naval version conducted its first rescue mission Aug. 28, four days after it reached its initial operational capability.

On the request of the British authorities, the Caiman picked up a man suffering from heart problems on a ferry in British waters and flew him to Margate for medical treatment.

The helicopter and its five-member crew scrambled from its base in Coxyde on Belgium's North Sea coast to reach the ferry 110 kilometers away and winched a medic down to perform first aid. The medic and the man were then winched back up to the helicopter, which then flew to Margate.

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