Wednesday, February 07, 2007

US govt donates mobile hospital to Armenia’s army

YEREVAN, February 5 (Itar-Tass) -- The U.S. government has donated a 1.5 million U.S. dollar mobile hospital to the Armenian army.

The hospital can be set up in any part of the world and will provide medical assistance, including surgical, to Armenian army personnel, a U.S. embassy official told Itar-Tass on Monday.

The United States organised weeklong training for 43 Armenian military medics to teach them how to operate the hospital.

U.S. Charge d'Affaires Anthony Godfrey said the hospital would be important for supporting Armenian army activities within coalition or NATO forces or in emergencies.

The head of the U.S. embassy’s office for defence cooperation, Lieutenant Colonel Dough Peterson said the donation of the hospital marked the start of serious military medical cooperation between the Armed Forces of the United States and Armenia.

Armenian military medical personnel will be trained and new equipment will be bought for the mobile hospital. It will be supplied at the end of this year or the beginning of the next one.

The office for defence cooperation is accountable to the American ambassador and the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and deals with U.S. government defence assistance.

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