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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RCAF supports French Operations in West Africa and the Sahel region

DND Press Release

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) conducted its first flight under Operation Frequence, providing airlift support to France’s operations in Africa earlier this week.

On November 20, 2016, an RCAF Force CC-177 Globemaster III strategic airlifter transported personnel and equipment from France to West Africa and the Sahel region, which is located south of the Sahara Desert.
A large grey aircraft with military markings flies against a blue sky.
An RCAF CC-177 Globemaster (CAF File Photo) 
Canada has provided airlift support to France, an important ally, in the past. Operation Frequence is the most recent Canadian contribution to stability and security in this region.

“The [Canadian Armed Forces] airlift contribution to operations in West Africa and the Sahel region demonstrates our readiness in bringing valuable capabilities in support to regional and international security and stability,” said Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, the commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command.

According to the RCAF, flights will continue on a periodic basis until the end of March 2017.