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