430 Squadron begins operations in Northern Iraq under Operation IMPACT
Article / November 22, 2016
By: Joint Task Force – Iraq Tactical Aviation Detachment
430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron has already made a positive impact on Coalition operations in Northern Iraq, having flown over 200 hours in just 22 days since assuming their duties in Erbil.
The men and women from 430 Squadron based in Valcartier, Quebec, took over from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron in early October. Since then, they have provided transport support to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and other Coalition members who are training, advising and assisting Iraqi security forces in their battle against Daesh.
“With the recent offensive launched by Iraqi security forces in an effort to retake the Daesh stronghold of Mosul, the Tactical Aviation Detachment has been busy with missions transporting ammunition, medical supplies, and key personnel around the edges of the battlefield,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Carol Potvin, Tactical Aviation Detachment Commanding Officer.
The approximately 60 personnel are operating four CH-146 Griffon helicopters. The detachment operates out of the newly-constructed Camp Érable, located in the vicinity of Erbil International Airport.
“The Tactical Aviation Detachment’s helicopters are a flexible and responsive asset for the train, advise and assist mission, and the Squadron’s maintenance section has ensured that, to date, not a single mission has been lost due to aircraft serviceability,” added Lieutenant-Colonel Potvin.
Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force (MESF) – the multinational coalition to dismantle and ultimately defeat Daesh.
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