30 November 2009

CH-147 Chinook pilots, Lieutenant Colin Hudson (left) and Captain Mat Bergeron (right) from the Canadian Helicopter Force, conduct a flight mission in Afghanistan.

The Canadian Helicopter Force from the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing includes eight CH-146 Griffons where their primary role is to escort transport helicopters and ground convoys, and to conduct light transport missions. The Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing comprises all the Canadian Forces air assets in the southwest Asia theatre of operations. It stood up at Kandahar Airfield on 6 December 2008 with the 200 personnel deployed with the Tactical UAV Flight, the Tactical Aviation Unit and the Theatre Support Element, and grew to its established strength of 450 personnel with the purchase of CH-147 Chinook D helicopters from the U.S. Army, and the deployment