RCAF concludes humanitarian assistance operation in Indonesia

News Article / October 26, 2018

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National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Royal Canadian Air Force has concluded Operation Renaissance – Indonesia, a part of Canada’s humanitarian assistance efforts in Palu, Indonesia.

Over the course of the 14-day operation, at the request of the government of Indonesia, an RCAF CC-130J Hercules transported and delivered Canadian relief items and provided a tactical airlift capability to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian supplies in earthquake and tsunami affected areas.

A total of 121,867 kilograms of supplies was airlifted and delivered. Supplies consisted of food, water, shelter kits and other miscellaneous humanitarian assistance equipment. Canada was one of 21 countries, and non-governmental organizations active in the area to support Indonesia following the devastating September 29 Sulawesi earthquakes and resulting tsunami. Th3 7.5 magnitude earthquake caused approximately 1,500 fatalities and resulted in approximately 59,000 people being housed in evacuation camps. 

Twenty personnel deployed with the Hercules. The aircraft, based out of Balikpapan, across the Makassar Strait from the affected areas of Palu, flew 13 airlift missions over the course of the operation.

“I am proud of the professionalism and dedication exhibited by our Canadian Armed Forces and Global Affairs Canada during Indonesia’s time of need,” said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “Our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia as they continue to rebuild after the recent earthquake and tsunami.”


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