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C-5M Super Galaxy departs Travis with US government assistance to India

A man wearing a face mask operates a forklift to move oxygen tanks.

Paul Martinez, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, moves oxygen tanks in a warehouse at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., April 27, 2021. The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, donated 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, 1 million N95 masks and 1 million COVID-19 rapid diagnostic kits to help India fight COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – A U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy from the 60th Air Mobility Wing departed Travis Air Force Base, California, to transport medical supplies to India amid its surge in COVID-19 cases.

The cargo includes an initial shipment of oxygen cylinders with regulators, N95 masks, and rapid diagnostic kits. The supplies and equipment will be delivered to Indira Gandhi International Airport, near New Delhi. This is the first of several large shipments that will be delivered in the days and weeks ahead.

“U.S. Transportation Command and our air component command, Air Mobility Command, is trained, equipped and ready to provide rapid, tailored responses to requirements such as this,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander, USTRANSCOM. “Executing this global reach capability directly facilitates U.S. interagency efforts to rapidly provide India’s frontline healthcare workers with the materials they need.”

USTRANSCOM is prepared to support continued Department of Defense efforts to provide rapid assistance to India through transport of equipment and supplies.

“I couldn't be more proud of the men and women of Air Mobility Command,” said Lyons. “They are once again highlighting their ability to rapidly move critical equipment on behalf of our nation to support our Indian partners.”

USTRANSCOM exists as a warfighting combatant command to project and sustain military power. During a global crisis like this, USTRANSCOM, powered by the dedicated men and women of the Joint Force, remains ready to leverage its unique capabilities to support our partners and allies.