Mission uncertain: Canadian planes leave for Eastern Europe to assist NATO
by The Daily Lede
Six CF-18s and hundreds of Canadian Forces personnel left for Romania to help NATO forces in Eastern Europe amid uncertainty over the scope of the mission.
It is the biggest deployment of military aircraft to Romania from another NATO member since the Ukraine crisis broke out.
“There is a lot of uncertainty about what we’re going to be doing over there,” Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin said at a press conference with Defense Minister Rob Nicholson in Bagotville, where the CF-18 Hornets are based.
Blondin mentioned that the troops were going to perhaps participate in routine training exercises – but he is still not sure what the mission will involve.
“We’re not sure how long we’re going to be staying, but we’ll be staying until the government tells us it’s time to come back,” Blondin said.
Six fighters have set off, accompanied by a C-17 cargo plane carrying spare parts, tools and mechanical equipment.