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Operation Marfil. The Spanish C130 on the job in Dakar to support the deployment of Misma

(BRUSSELS2) The C-130 plane with the first 30 soldiers of the Spanish Air Force arrived at 16:10 p.m. Saturday (January 26) at Dakar airport (Senegal). Around twenty soldiers should follow in the middle of next week.

The C-130 Hercules (T-10 in Spanish name), from Ala 31, left at 7:15 a.m. from its base in Zaragoza. After a stopover to integrate additional personnel and equipment at the Moron de la Frontera air base, Sevilla, it avoided Moroccan territory, flying over the sea through the Canaries, along the coast of Mauritania, then the Senegal.

Airlift to Bamako, but no inter-theater connection

On site, in Dakar, the Spanish plane will be responsible for maintaining an air bridge to Bamako, capital of Mali, for the transport of troops and equipment from Misma. This plane will not make inter-theatre flights, between airports on Malian territory “says the Spanish Ministry of Defense. Its mission is " to facilitate the transport of troops and equipment of the Mali International Support Mission under international leadership” (AFISMA / AFISMA).

Compound detachment

Among the 30 soldiers who make up the Spanish detachment, the commander-in-chief of the mission, the two complete crews of Hercules (made up of a pilot, a co-pilot, a navigator, a flight engineer, including two supervisors of each load), belonging to the Ala 31. A leader and two operational deployment teams from the Air Force Deployment Support Squadron (EADA) provide responsibility for the security of the detachment Spanish. A medical air deployment support unit (UMAAD) completes the system for the establishment of a “role 1” hospital as well as a team from the mobile air control group (GRUMOCA), which will establish secure communications with the 'Spain.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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