The French Air Force rotated their Mirage 2000D deployment in support of Opération Serval, the French anti-rebel military deployment in Mali.
Three Mirage 2000D of the fighter detachment (DETCHASSE) at Bamako, Mali flew home to the 133 Air Base Nancy-Ochey. Three Mirage 2000Ds from Nancy landed on June 22nd at Bamako, supported by a C-135 tanker from 125 Airbase Istres.
Since the beginning of the Operation Serval the Mirage 2000D DETCHASSE at Bamako conducted 435 missions, totaling nearly 2,200 flight hours.
About 3,200 French troops are currently on Malian soil with a mission to permanently weaken islamists rebels.
Sources: EMA / Ministère de la Défense de la France
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