Earlier last week, 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron assumed command of the Operation IMPACT Tactical Aviation Detachment in Northern Iraq in the ongoing fight against Daesh.
“The Canadian Armed Forces continues to provide important contributions to the fight to dismantle Daesh. The Tactical Aviation Detachment will provide air mobility capability in northern Iraq as the Iraqi security forces, backed by the Coalition, reclaim their country from Daesh. Our personnel are our strength, and they will continue to enhance our reputation for excellence in operations,” said BGen. Shane Brennan, Commander Joint Task Force-Iraq.
430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based out of Valcartier, Quebec, is relieving 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, who had been deployed to Operation IMPACT since May 2016.
“With the deployment of people and helicopters from 430 Squadron, the Royal Canadian Air Force continues to bring effective and reliable tactical aviation capability to support CAF operations. I am extremely proud of our deploying men and women, and I have no doubt that their work will further the Canadian Armed Forces’ reputation for excellence in operations,” said LCol. Carol Potvin, Commanding Officer 430 Squadron.
The Tactical Aviation Detachment of Air Task Force-Iraq is comprised of close to 60 personnel who fly and maintain three CH-146 Griffon helicopters. An additional helicopter is expected to deploy to Iraq in the coming weeks.
The helicopters provide tactical transport to Canadian troops and material near Erbil. The aircraft also carry self-defence systems and weapons.
“The men and women of 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron will continue and build on the contributions their Special Operations Forces comrades have provided to the Iraqi security forces to date. I am confident that their skill, professionalism, and dedication will make a positive difference in the fight against Daesh,” stated Col. Jason Major, Commander Air Task Force-Iraq.