Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation NILE

CF Overseas Operations have most often operated within the construct of an international mandate. As such, the International Information is presented first in order to provide the context of the Canadian Operation (displayed second). Eventually, all rotations associated with the particular Canadian operation will also be displayed.


International Information

International Operation Name: NILE

International Mission Name: NILE

Mandating Organization: United Nations Disaster Relief Organization

Region Name: Africa

Location: Ethiopia

Mission Date: 1 June 1988 - 13 September 1988

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Canadian Forces (CF) Information (NILE)

Canadian Task Force Name Mission Statement:

To airlift food and other relief supplies to distribution centres within Ethiopia.

CF Mission/Operation Notes:

Acting upon a request from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in response to a severe famine in Ethiopia, the Canadian Government provided two C-130 Hercules aircraft and crews with requisite ground support staff and an Air Logistics Control Element, to provide assistance to United Nations Disaster Relief operations in Ethiopia. Based in Addis Ababa, their task was to provide air transportation of emergency relief supplies between the ports of Massawa (now in Eritrea) and Djibouti, and interior airports at Asmara, Mekele and Dire Dawa. Canadian Forces personnel deployed to Ethiopia at the beginning of June 1988 and airlifts began 08 June and continued until 08 September. Assistance was also provided to the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Supplies delivered included food, blankets, tents, water containers, soap, etc. Although it had originally been expected that the operation would include airdrops of grain in July and August this method of delivering aid was not utilized in part because of the increased costs involved. Overall, 8,025 metric tonnes of food and supplies were airlifted, requiring 1434 flying hours.