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Medical Repatriation from the Indian Ocean

Working for a British shipping company, we were recently able to demonstrate our worldwide operational readiness. One of the company’s ships was travelling across the Indian Ocean when a crew member suffered a stroke.

Particularly in cases of stroke, rapid medical assistance is vital. As the nearest civilian port was too far away, the ship set course for a military base on the relatively nearby island of Diego Garcia.

Diego Garcia – the largest atoll in the Chagos Archipelago and an important US base

The almost inconspicuous island of Diego Garcia lies in the middle of the Indian Ocean between Mauritius and India. It is part of the Chagos Archipelago. This archipelago is one of the best protected and one of the most beautiful tropical island systems in the world and consists of numerous atolls. The tropical islands are currently a British territory, with about 3,800 exclusively military residents. Of the original British Indian Ocean Territory, only the Chagos Island chain remains today; the other atolls were returned to The Seychelles in 1976.

The largest island in the Chagos Archipelago is Diego Garcia: the island, which is about 27 km2 in area, is home to one of the most important US military bases in the world – the cornerstone of the US presence in the Indian Ocean region. In 1973, Britain leased the island to the US for military purposes, and Britain retains its administration as a British territory.

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Even for patients with COVID-19, we can quickly organise an ambulance flight that is safe for everyone involved. We are available to assist you 24/7, and will gladly outline your travel options for you. Contact us now:

  • By phone: +33 970 444 894. Please see below for phone numbers to call if you are outside the UK.
  • By email: contact@medevacexpress.com
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