Photo courtesy of National Department of Defense, Canada.
The Canadian government is sending a fleet of Chinook helicopters to Mali for a year-long United Nations peacekeeping mission.
The mission is the U.N.'s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), according to a statement made by Canada’s Department of National Defence.
The task force will include Chinook helicopters to provide “urgently needed” transport and logistics capacity for MINUSMA, as well as Griffon helicopters to provide armed escort and protection. The task force will be accompanied by a number of Canadian Armed Forces personnel for support.
Canada will join 57 other MINUSMA partner countries for the mission.