The Norwegian Armed Forces sends a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft to Türkiye to assist in the medical evacuation of injured people and transport of emergency aid, after the devastating earthquake.
Türkiye has asked its allies for help after the earthquake that hit Türkiye and Syria on the 6th of February this year. Together with several other countries, Norway is sending transport planes to support Türkiye through the challenging times.
– The destruction in Türkiye is enormous, and the situation is critical. Türkiye has asked for international help and support. It is important that we contribute where we can in this very difficult situation, says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
The transport plane with crew left Norway on Saturday 11 February, and can be deployed into Türkiye quickly.
– Norway is providing a transport plane at short notice, which could be able to evacuate injured people from the affected areas to hospital. The plane can also be used to transport emergency aid, says Minister of Defense Bjørn Arild Gram.
The Norwegian Armed Forces have previously sent aircraft and personnel to several crises and situations, both at home in Norway and abroad.
Norway has also sent financial support and experts to the earthquake-affected area: