Argentine Air Force Mobile Field Hospital

Coordinates: 18°34′42″N 72°16′33″W / 18.57844°N 72.27593°W / 18.57844; -72.27593
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Argentine Air Force Mobile Field Hospital
LocationGovernment of Argentina,  Argentina
Coordinates18°34′42″N 72°16′33″W / 18.57844°N 72.27593°W / 18.57844; -72.27593
FundingGovernment hospital
OpenedAugust 21, 1981; 42 years ago (1981-08-21)

The Argentine Air Force Mobile Field Hospital (Spanish: Hospital Reubicable de la Fuerza Aérea ) is a field hospital operated by the Argentine Air Force. Established on August 21, 1981, it is one of three health centres of its kind worldwide.[1]


The unit has a 64-member staff personnel between military and civilians and is made up of 14 containers Pictorial[permanent dead link] which, when fully assembled, occupy an area of 360 m2. Fourteen flights of C-130 Hercules aircraft are needed to fully deploy the Hospital.[2]

Among the services provided by the Hospital are general clinic, surgery, dentistry, pharmacy, etc. The Hospital has its own laboratory, water purification plant and power generation engine.[2]

Thanks to its isolation, the construction can withstand temperatures from -15 to 40 degrees Celsius and can endure harsh tremors as demonstrated when it remained operational after the earthquake of January 2010 in Haiti.[1]


2010 Haiti earthquake[edit]

On January 12, 2010 while deployed at Port-au-Prince serving as medical facility for MINUSTAH troops the hospital was the only one still opened following the earthquake treating nearly 1,000 people on the first night[7][8]

Both U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton congratulated Argentina for the Hospital quick response in the first critical hours after the earthquake [9] The same did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Buenos Aires on 1 March 2010 [10]


  1. ^ a b "El hospital argentino es el único centro de atención para las miles de víctimas del terremoto" [The Argentine hospital is the only center of attention for the thousands of earthquake victims]. January 14, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Hospital Reubicable" [Relocatable Hospital]. Archived from the original on 2009-10-16.
  3. ^ "Official FAA report". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19.
  4. ^ "Militares argentinos intervienen en Kosovo" [Argentine military intervene in Kosovo]. October 11, 1999.
  5. ^ "Los argentinos que trabajan por la paz en Kosovo" [Argentines who work for peace in Kosovo]. March 21, 2000.
  6. ^ "Partió Hacia Chile Avión Hércules Con Ayuda Humanitaria" [Partió To Chile Aircraft Hércules With Humanitarian Aid]. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28.
  7. ^ "Only one hospital open in Haiti's quake hit capital". Courier Mail. 2010-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  8. ^ "Cnn Haiti Earthquake news". CNN. 2010-01-13.
  9. ^ "Obama y Clinton elogiaron la labor humanitaria de Argentina" [Obama and Clinton praised the humanitarian work of Argentina]. 16 January 2010.
  10. ^ "I thanked the president for the excellent work that is done by the Argentine doctors and peacekeepers in Haiti". March 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011.

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