By : Joint Task Force – Iraq Public Affairs

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the maintainers of Canada’s CP-140 Aurora fleet deployed on Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force (MESF), are at work to keep their airplanes ready to fly.  

Under Operation IMPACT, the Aurora flies missions that gather essential intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data and information. As of March 22, 2016, the Aurora has flown 437 sorties, with the technicians achieving an incredible 97.6 per cent mission launch rate.

The Air Task Force – Iraq Commander, Colonel Shayne Elder, recently awarded the group with a Commander’s Commendation in recognition of their success.

The work of the aircraft technicians is truly remarkable. Their well-developed skills have enabled them to keep the aircraft flying, thereby providing the task force with invaluable ISR,” said Colonel Elder. “This work supports the containment and degradation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Every time a wrench swings on a CP-140, another mission in the fight against ISIL is possible.

The importance of technical support to a deployed military unit cannot be overstated.

As a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot from the Aurora community, I can say with certainty that we as aircrew depend upon the fine work our technicians do towards keeping us airborne and keeping us safe,” said Brigadier-General James Irvine, Commander of Joint Task…

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