The Royal Norwegian Air Force C-130J Hercules has concluded its contribution to Operation Gritrock: the fight against the huge Ebola outbreak in Africa.
After 23 flights with 588 flight hours the Lockheed Martin airlifter that the Oslo government put at the disposal of the British-led operation flew its last mission on 19 February. From the very first mission flight of 17 November 2014 the RNoAF crew flew emergency aid, medical equipment and operational materiel to Sierra Leone.
Personnel from Norway’s 335 Squadron flying the Hercules landed in Great Brittain, Lissabon in Portugal and Dakar in Senegal along the way. The final return flight – lasting 24 hours – only had one stop-over, in Lissabon. In total the C-130J and crew flew a combined cargo of 120 tons.
Featured image: A Royal Norwegian Air Force C-130J Hercules (Image © Torbjørn Kjosvold / Forsvarets mediesenter)