One of the first two RNLAF AH-64Ds deployed to Mali lifting off from Bamoko, May 2014 (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)

RNLAF Apaches deploy to Gao in Mali

The first pair of Royal Netherlands Air Force Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) AH-64D Apache attack helicopters have arrived at Camp Castor in Gao, Mali, on Friday night 16 May 2014. They will support the Dutch forces deployed there as part of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

Press footage provided by © Ministerie van Defensie

The second pair of Apaches will make the ferry flight from the Malian capital airfield of Bamoko to Gao the coming week. All choppers arrived earlier from Gilze Rijen Airbase, the Netherlands, by hired Antonov AN-124-100-150. In October three CH-47 Chinook helicopters will follow.

Unlike the Chinooks, which will have medevac and troop transport as primary roles, the RNLAF AH-64s will engage actively in gathering intel for MINUSMA – like many of the ground forces the Dutch deployed to the area.

Source: Dutch MoD

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One of the first two RNLAF AH-64Ds deployed to Mali lifting off from Bamoko, May 2014 (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)
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(Image © Ministerie van Defensie)