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News Release / September 2, 2003 / Project number: NR-03.097

OTTAWA - The crew of a CC-130 Hercules transport aircraft has achieved a major milestone - the 1,000th flight completed since their unit began operations in January 2002.

"All Canadians can be proud of the efforts of our service men and women," said the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Defence. "They continue to rise to the challenge and help keep Canada at the forefront of nations trying to bring peace and security to our world."

The Tactical Airlift Unit (TAU), which provides the sustainment flights to Task Force Kabul, was first deployed to the Southwest Asia region as part of Operation APOLLO. On August 16, 2003, its efforts were refocused on Operation ATHENA in Afghanistan.

Overall, the (TAU) (formerly the Tactical Airlift Detachment or TAL Det) has logged more than 6,700 flying hours and airlifted more than 9,100 passengers and almost 8 million kg of cargo. TAU payloads include equipment and supplies to support the international coalition force against terrorism in southwest Asia and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and humanitarian aid for the people of Afghanistan.

"The tempo of operations places high demands on both people and equipment," added General Ray Henault, Chief of the Defence Staff. "Milestones such as this are reached only through the tireless efforts of these dedicated professionals."

The TAU operates from the Canadian Forces (CF) Theatre Support Element. This element is comprised of nearly 300 CF personnel as well as two CC-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Its mission is to support the Canadian contingent in Afghanistan, transporting personnel, equipment and supplies needed to ensure the contingent accomplishes its missions safely and effectively.

"We reached this milestone thanks to the efforts of each and every member of this detachment, pilots and technicians, past and present," said Lieutenant-Colonel Michel Latouche, the TAU's commanding officer. "We are proud of our service to Canada and the world, and will continue our work for as long as necessary."

Operation ATHENA is Canada's military contribution to ISAF. The mission of ISAF is to help maintain security in Kabul and the surrounding area so the Afghan Transitional Authority and United Nations agencies can function. Canada's current commitment to Operation ATHENA is two, six-month rotations of about 1,900 CF personnel, lasting until August 2004.

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Note to Editors: Due to the request from the host nation, the exact location of the Theatre Support Element and Tactical Airlift Unit shall not be released.

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