The CC177 Globemaster III Canadian Forces arrived in Mali on January 17, including a military vehicle carrying light armored French, medical supplies and ammunition. It is part of the Air Force in Mali, Africa, Canada's contribution to stabilization efforts in the French country.
On 14 January, at the request of the French government, Canada was committed to providing a transport aircraft CC177 of the RCAF, who participate in any fighting and used to carry materials to Bamako, the Malian capital. French forces undertook a mission to stabilize security in Mali, in response to resolution 2085 adopted by the Security Council of the United Nations.
C-17 (CC-177) Globemaster III RCAF was therefore flew January 15 Base Trenton, Ontario, to help military intervention in Mali and after a stopover on the Istres airbase 125-The Tubé in the south of France, arrived in Bamako on 17 January in Bamako, the Malian capital.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the aircraft will be used in a non-combat role, outside the combat zone, to support operations for a period of one week. "At no time members of the Canadian Forces participate in any direct action against rebel forces in Mali," said the Prime Minister.