A Task Force of 160 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel from across Canada, with six CF-18 Hornets from 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec and supported by a CC-150 Polaris tanker from 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario have completed their mission to Keflavik, Iceland.
This deployment to patrol Iceland’s airspace was the second under a CAF periodic initiative named Operation Ignition.
The operation supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) mission – Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to Meet Iceland’s Peacetime Preparedness. The first deployment of NATO aircraft in support of NATO’s Iceland mission took place in May 2008.
Over the course of the deployment, Task Force Iceland successfully completed 112 sorties in and around Icelandic airspace.
Some aircraft and personnel returned to Canada over the weekend while the remainder will fly home over the coming days.