A CC-177 Globemaster III lands at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, on 5 September 2014 to deliver equipment and essential supplies to the Canadian Air Task Force during Operation REASSURANCE in support of NATO Baltic Air Policing Block 36 mission. (Image © Cpl Kenneth Galbraith, CFJIC/Combat Camera / RCAF)

Canadian CC-177 supports Ukrainian armed forces

Canada is supporting the Ukrainian Armed Forces by sending a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster strategic airlifter full of equipment from its own stocks.

The first shipment was loaded on 27 November in aircraft 177701. Ottawa donates 30,000 coats, 30,000 pairs of pants, 70,000 pairs of Gore-Tex boots and 4,500 pairs of gloves to the Ukrainian forces. The latter find themselves more and more under pressure of “unofficial” Russian forces in the east of the country now numbering into the several thousands of troops with heavy weapons.

In total the Government of Canada ships 5 million dollars worth of non-lethal military equipment “and demonstrates Canada’s steadfast commitment to our allies in the region”, according to a statement. The RCAF currently has six CF-188 Hornet fighter jets providing air defence for NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from Šiauliai Airbase in the lather. These Baltic republics are a short flight distance from Ukraine.

Source: RCAF

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A CC-177 Globemaster III lands at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, on 5 September 2014 to deliver equipment and essential supplies to the Canadian Air Task Force during Operation REASSURANCE in support of NATO Baltic Air Policing Block 36 mission. (Image © Cpl Kenneth Galbraith, CFJIC/Combat Camera / RCAF)
A CC-177 Globemaster III lands at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, on 5 September 2014 to deliver equipment and essential supplies to the Canadian Air Task Force during Operation Reassurance in support of NATO Baltic Air Policing Block 36 mission. (Image © Cpl Kenneth Galbraith, CFJIC/Combat Camera / RCAF)