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Several French military jeeps fill the cargo hold of a CC-177 Globemaster III at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base in Istres, France.  Photo Credit: Sgt Matthew McGregor Several French military jeeps fill the cargo hold of a CC-177 Globemaster III at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base in Istres, France. Photo Credit: Sgt Matthew McGregor

The workhorse of strategic airlift for the Canadian Armed Forces, the CC-177 Globemaster III, continues to support Air Task Force Mali, Canada’s contribution to the French efforts to stabilize the African country of Mali.

On January 24, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced the extention of one CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft until February 15.

Royal Canadian Air Force traffic technicians from 2 Air Movements Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton, Ont., as well as pilots and loadmasters from 429 Transport Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton, continue to build and fly loads to and from Mali from their staging base in France.

The initial announcement of support to Mali came on January 4, following a request from the French government. The Government of Canada committed a Globemaster in a non-combat role to transport equipment into the Malian capital of Bamako.

The French forces began a mission to stabilize the security situation in Mali in response to United Nations Security Council resolution 2085

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