A CC-130J Hercules conducted its first sortie on July 12 as part of Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) contribution to the Global Coalition against Daesh.
The aircraft is part of a new contribution to the operation as outlined by the Government of Canada’s announcement to renew and extend operations in the Middle East.
"I welcome each member of the Tactical Airlift Detachment to the mission and to Canada's continued engagement in defeating Daesh while contributing to regional security. The CC-130J and its crews will increase the Coalition's agility to move people and cargo where needed,” said BGen. Daniel MacIsaac, Commander, Joint Task Force-Iraq.
The CC-130J Hercules will aide in the movement of Coalition personnel and cargo in the region. It is based out of Tactical Airlift Detachment in Kuwait and consists of 20 personnel, primarily from 436 Squadron, 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
The Tactical Airlift Detachment also includes up to four CH-146 Griffon helicopters that carry troops, equipment, and supplies in Northern Iraq.
Besides the CC-130J Hercules, Air Task Force-Iraq (ATF-I), part of Joint Task Force-Iraq, includes one CC-150 Polaris aerial refuelled; one CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft.