Operation PRESENCE - Mali
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is supporting the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall efforts to help set conditions for durable peace, development, and prosperity in Mali.
Operation PRESENCE - Mali will be twelve months long. Follow the timeline of the mission here. The core mission is to provide MINUSMA with the 24/7 capability to medically evacuate UN forces by air. CAF members are also supporting MINUSMA headquarters. When possible, the CAF provides other services:
- transport troops, equipment, and supplies
- logistics support
CAF members have joined 56 MINUSMA partner countries in their efforts to bring sustainable peace and stability to Mali and the Sahel.
As of March 2019, Task Force Mali has conducted eight medical evacuation missions.
How many people are deployed?
The Air Task Force is located in Gao, in northern Mali. It includes the following components:
Also, up to 10 CAF members work as staff officers at the MINUSMA headquarters in Bamako, Mali.
What are they doing?
The CH-147F Chinook helicopters are available to conduct medical evacuations. They can also conduct other missions to support MINUSMA, such as:
- transport troops, equipment, supplies, and food
- help with the rapid deployment of UN forces in Mali
The CH-146 Griffon helicopters fly as armed escorts for the Chinooks. They could also carry out other critical missions for MINUSMA as required.
One of each type of helicopter is a spare. These spare aircraft will make sure that the CAF is always ready to support MINUSMA.
The headquarters staff officers support MINUSMA operations. They are not directly connected to the Canadian Air Task Force.
Government of CanadaCanada's Defence Policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged Royal Canadian Air Force Aircraft Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers Bilateral Relations with Mali – Global Affairs Canada Development and Humanitarian Assistance in Mali – Global Affairs Canada
United NationsUnited Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) UN Security Council Resolutions
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