On July 6, Aircraft Technicians from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based at Garrison Petawawa, reassemble a CH-147F Chinook helicopter that will be used during Operation PRESENCE - Mali at the Intermediate Staging Terminal in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt Jean-Francois Lauzé, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)
The Canadian Ambassador of Burkina Faso, Edmond R. Dejon Wega, met with Canadian troops. (Photo by Sgt Jean-Francois Lauzé, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)
The Camp Sergeant Major gives Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members some basic instructions after arriving in Gao, Mali on June 25. (Photo by Canadian Forces Combat Camera)
Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Mali for Operation PRESENCE
Posted on Thursday July 12, 2018
Operation PRESENCE - Mali will complement ongoing Canadian efforts to support the development and implementation of the country’s Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation. The CAF is providing an air task force (ATF) of two CH-147F Chinook and four CH-146 Griffon helicopters to support the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Up to 250 personnel will be part of the ATF and up to 10 personnel will be deployed as staff officers at MINUSMA headquarters. The first members of the CAF theatre activation team arrived in Mali on June 24 to prepare for the arrival of the main body of the Task Force. More recently, about 50 CAF personnel, including the Task Force Command Team and members of the tactical aviation component deployed from CFB Trenton on July 5.