First RCAF Chinook leaves for Mali

As Canada closes in on starting operations to fulfill the UN peacekeeping role in Mali, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is moving forward with deploying the first of up to 10 helicopters being sent to join the Air Task Force (ATF).

The pre-deployment team in Mali is now ready to start receiving the three CH-147F Chinook heavy lift helicopters from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) and up to seven CH-146 Griffon tactical transport helicopters from 408 THS that have been pledged to the UN mission.

The F model Chinooks have twice the range of past versions, making them well-suited to the forward aeromedical evacuation role they’ll undertake in Mali, but they’re not flying there.

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