An image of a sandstorm in Mali.

26 months in the sand: Reflections of Mali

Flt Lt Tim Griffith has just returned from Mali, where he was a Chinook pilot, here’s his reflection of his tour.

An image of Chinook army helicopters.
An image of Chinook army helicopters.

“The success of Op NEWCOMBE (CH47), and thus our overall contribution to Op BARKHANE, can be attributed directly to the close cooperation and teamwork of all UK personnel deployed and the immediate and lasting bonds made with our French colleagues in the Groupement Tactique du Désert — Aérocombat (GTD-A).”

— Lt Col Steve Brining, the National Component Commander on Op NEWCOMBE

Chinook helicopter taking off in Mali.
Chinook helicopter taking off in Mali.
An image of Chinook crews in Mali.

“It has been an honour to Command 1310 Flt. The mighty Chinook’s unique capabilities have once again been demonstrated in this most challenging environment.”

— Sqn Ldr Fitzpatrick

An image of a desert in Mali.

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