Canada concludes peacekeeping mission in Mali


 

Canada concludes peacekeeping mission in Mali

 

Sept 6, 2019

Global Korean Post

After more than a year of operations in Mali, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) air task force (ATF) deployed in Gao completed its mission on Aug. 31, 2019.

An important aspect of Canada’s multi-faceted support included providing critical aeromedical evacuation, logistic and transport capabilities as part of Operation PRESENCE-Mali.

 

In July 2018, Canada deployed an ATF composed of 250 CAF members and eight helicopters to Gao, northern Mali as part of MINUSMA, which were essential to the conduct of UN operations in remote and vulnerable areas of the country. Since then, the women and men deployed under Operation PRESENCE-Mali conducted 11 aeromedical evacuations and more than 100 transport missions. Upon ceasing transport aviation tasks on July 31, 2019, Canadian helicopters had transported approximately 2,800 passengers and delivered 370 000 pounds of cargo, over more than 4,000 flying hours.

 

To facilitate a smooth and efficient transition with the incoming Romanian helicopter detachment, the CAF provided four C-17 intra-theatre airlift flights to assist with the deployment of Romanian personnel and equipment to theatre. A small CAF transition team will also be deployed to assist Romania in its preparations to conduct operations. This will minimize disruptions in the availability of critical capabilities to MINUSMA forces and help set up the Romanian rotation for operational success. CAF personnel also met with Canadian civilian police officers, who are deployed with MINUSMA until March 2021, and shared lessons learned in support of their ongoing work in Mali.

 

“Operation PRESENCE-Mali reflects our Government’s commitment to do peacekeeping differently. By providing valuable aeromedical and transport capabilities, we have enhanced MINUSMA’s operations. We owe the success of this approach to our dedicated women and men in uniform. Canada will continue its support to the UN while leading the inclusion of women in peace operations.” said Harjit. S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.

 

 

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