EATC's declarates and celebrates Full Operational Capability
Thursday 28 November - 21:36h | News & Press updates
On Thursday 28th November 2013 - at 12:35 hours, sharp - Major General Van de Voorde, the Belgian Air Component Commander, in his function as the Chairman of the Military Air Transport Committee (MATraC) announced the MATraC’s decision that the European Air Transport Command has reached its Full Operational Capability (FOC).
This illustrates how the EATC’s functional domain prepares the ground for a smoother and more effective and efficient operational process. Considering these achievements, it is only fair to say that we are in the process of changing the landscape of European military air transport and it does not come as a surprise that, besides Spain’s and Italy’s formal request to join the EATC, the interest in our organisation is growing fast.”
FOC is - by far - not the end of the EATC story
“FOC does not mean final- but full operational capability”, stressed Major General Pascal Valentin,” If I take the example of AAR, our intention is to extend our proficiency and widen our responsibilities in this important field by consolidating our AAR expertise within the staff, in order to bring added value to the PNs in this area. Having declared FOC and entering a period of enlargement and development, the EATC has successfully achieved this first step foreshadowing its constant evolution towards becoming the PNs single, fully integrated headquarters and centre of expertise.”
The missions of up to 150 aircraft are planned, tasked and controlled by the EATC which is located at Eindhoven Air Base.
EATC Nations take advantage of EATC’s large pool of aircraft with a wide range of capabilities, including aeromedical evacuations (AE) and air-to-air refuelling (AAR). This gives nations access to additional capabilities and the same time provides the basis for a more efficient employment of scarce air transport assets.
Words and pictures: Norbert Thomas
Graph: EATC OpsDiv
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