MIL-OSI Translation: BARKHANE – Task Force Takuba: MASCAL, an allied medical exercise in operational conditions


MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: Republic of France in French

On the Menaka Forward Operating Base (BOA), European Medical Operational Units (UMOs) regularly train to deal with any type of health event. They carried out a simulation of the MASCAL plan (Massive casualty), consisting of a massive influx of wounded, leading to saturation of available medical resources.

The French, Italian, Swedish and Czech medical teams, as well as the “JMED” medical unit in charge of coordinating Takuba UMOs, met to carry out an exercise in the care of seriously injured people.

The triggering of this MASCAL plan mobilizes all the medical resources available on the BOA during a massive influx of wounded. Objectives: to count, categorize and bring together the injured within the surgical unit in order to identify vital, priority emergencies requiring immediate surgical management. This simulation was carried out in real conditions, from protection through reconnaissance of the landing zone, to the transfer of the wounded to a helicopter of Task Force (TF) Takuba.

The objective is to carry out coordination and interoperability work between the UMOs throughout the TF to optimize and improve the care of the injured. This capability provides significant added value in this theater of operations.




Led by the French armies, in partnership with the G5 Sahel countries, Operation Barkhane was launched on August 1, 2014. It is based on a strategic approach based on a logic of partnership with the main countries of the Sahel-Saharan Strip ( BSS): Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad. It brings together around 5,100 soldiers whose mission is to fight armed terrorist groups and support the armed forces of partner countries so that they can take this threat into account.

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