Swedish Air Force Lockheed TP 84 (Hercules) with serial 846 has been dispatched to Cyprus for the UN mission to clear Syria of its chemical weapons stockpile, following an earlier report it was preparing for the mission.
The aircraft took off from F7 Såtenäs on Wednesday 20 November 2013, but will not fly into Syria itself. Instead it will commute between Lanarca at Cyprus and Beirut in Lebanon.
The deployment is dubbed FC01 and will transport materiel and personnel of both the UN and the Nobel prize OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). The aircraft will not transport chemical weapons, according to a press release by the Swedish Armed Forces.
The Swedish Hercules unit with 20 personnel was available for quick dispatch, since it had already been training for Mali in Africa. That deployment was cancelled only two weeks ahead of the planned departure date. The Swedish TP 84 unit will end its Syrian assignment on 31 December 2013.
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