Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation IRIS

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.

June 3, 2003
Arabian Gulf Region

Captain Paul Anderson, a pilot, and Warrant Officer Colin
McDonald, a Flight Engineer, both members of the Tactical
Airlift detachment (TAL det) stationed in the Arabian
Gulf Region, carry out routine flight checks during their
first flight into Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iris.
Operation IRIS is the CF contribution to the humanitarian,
reconstruction and stability efforts in Iraq.

On 2 June, a Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules transport
aircraft completed the first Canadian flight to support the
reconstruction of Iraq. The aircraft comes from the Tactical
Airlift Detachment deployed in the Arabian Gulf area on
Operation APOLLO. It transported eight passengers and
a load of miscellaneous cargo including a truck and trailer
from Kuwait to Baghdad, Iraq.

The mission of the Canadian TAL det is to support
coalition forces transporting military personnel,
equipment and cargo between destinations in the
Arabian Gulf Region and surrounding theatres of
operations in support of the on-going war against

Photo by: Cpl Henry Wall, NSU photographer Arabian
Gulf Region

International Information

International Operation Name: Operation IRIS

International Mission Name: Operation IRIS

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name: Middle East

Location: Iraq

Mission Date: 2 June 2003 - 4 June 2003


To deliver reconstruction aid to Iraq.

Mission Notes:

After the first Gulf War, more than a decade of UN-approved sanctions, and then the American-led invasion of March 2003, Iraq required considerable reconstruction. On 29 April the Canadian government approved the delivery of aid to the country.

On 2 June, the first Hercules flight of Op IRIS arrived in Baghdad carrying eight passengers and various cargo including a truck and trailer. Three more flights followed. The aircraft were from the Tactical Airlift Detachment supporting Canadian forces deployed on Operation Apollo.