Canadian Armed Forces marks the transitioning of Air Task Force-Iraq

Canadian CF-188 Hornets prepare to take-off from Kuwait on their way to Romania on March 7, 2016. Photo: Op IMPACT, DND KW04-2016-0072-003 ~ Quatre chasseurs CF-188 Hornet se préparent à décoller du Koweït pour se rendre en Roumanie, le 7 mars 2016. Photo : Op IMPACT, MDN KW04-2016-0072-003

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially marked the transitioning of the Air Task Force-Iraq mission during a parade March 5 in Kuwait.

Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force, presided over the parade, which commemorated the contributions of all CAF members who have deployed to conduct and support air operations since the beginning of Operation IMPACT.

“I am immensely proud of all the men and women who have deployed to conduct and support airstrike operations as part of Air Task Force-Iraq. I thank all those who have made contributions to this important mission and appreciate greatly the ongoing commitment of those who continue to work with our partners to improve the security of Iraq and the region,” Colonel Shayne Elder, Commander, Air Task Force-Iraq.

Air Task Force-Iraq will continue to operate aircraft in support of coalition air operations. The CC-150T Polaris supports coalition air assets in the region with aerial refueling and two CP-140 Auroras conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions based on identified and pre-determined areas of interest.

As directed by the government, the CF-18 Hornets ceased airstrike operations on February 15, and departed the region in a phased approach.

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