Canadian Forces looking to send four Griffon helicopters to Iraq – Charles D’Alberto

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Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance mentioned very briefly during his opening remarks Monday about the Liberal government’s revamped Iraq mission that the Canadian military is looking at sending helicopters to Iraq.

“Options are being explored to enhance in-theatre tactical transport,” Department of National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier confirmed to Defence Watch. “Further analysis, coordination and discussions with our coalition partners is required before details regarding the deployment of Griffon helicopters can be finalized, though the current plan calls for 4 airframes.”

Military sources tell Defence Watch that at this point there are no plans to send any of the RCAF’s new Chinooks to Iraq.

The Canadian Forces used both Griffons and older model Chinooks in Afghanistan.

 

Posted By Charles D'Alberto

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