The Canadian government will deploy an aviation task force and support personnel to Mali, Minister for National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced on 19 March.
The task force will provide tactical airlift and logistics for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) by supplying two Boeing CH-147F (CH-47) Chinook and four Bell CH-146 (412EP) Griffon helicopters for armed escort duty. An unstated number of support personnel will also be deployed to the country.
The deployment is expected to begin in August and last for 12 months. MINUSMA began in 2013 after a rebellion in the north of the country and a subsequent coup d’etat.
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