Six Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-188 Hornets of 4 Wing left their homebase Cold Lake in Alberta on 21 October for Kuwait, to join the international air force fighting the so-called Islamic State forces in Iraq. The departure comes after Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) F-16s in Kuwait dropped their first bombs on a ISIS targets over the weekend.
The Canadian detachment also includes a CC-150 Polaris from 8 Wing at Trenton in Ontario and two CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft from 14 Wing at Greenwood in Nova Scotia. The Canadians dubbed their part of the bigger picture Operation Impact. The Hornets will transit through 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, before flying to Kuwait.
Approximately 600 personnel, including aircrew support elements such as command and control, and logistics will be part of the operations, including 70 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are already working with American forces in an advisory and assistance role by providing strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi security forces.
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After two weeks of delay due to a diplomatic blunder the RDAF F-16s in Kuwait performed their first live-fire combat action over Iraq over the weekend. The seven Danish Vipers (four operational, three in reserve) made 11 sorties and dropped bombs on multiple locations, according to the Danish Ministry of Defence. The Danes operate out of Ahmed Al Jaber Airbase, which might also be the location for the RCAF detachment.
Source: RCAF / Forsvaret