Dutch Transport Aircraft Available For Operation Serval

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The cabinet of the Dutch government has agreed to make Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) transport aircraft available to support French Operation Serval in Mali. This was in response to a French request through the European Air Transport Command in Eindhoven for air transport capacity for logistics purposes.

Dutch ministry of defense photo of RNLAF C-130H

The cabinet decision allows for flights to countries bordering Mali but not to Mali itself. The first flight is expected soon.

The RNLAF has two KDC-10s and one DC-10 (334 Squadron) and four C-130Hs (336 Squadron) based in Eindhoven.

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