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202 BAF peacekeepers leave Dhaka for Congo

  • Published at 08:02 pm December 1st, 2018
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File photo:202 new BAF peacekeepers stands at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport moment before departing from Dhaka for Congo via a UN chartered aircraft on Friday, December 1, 2018 ISPR

The rest of the contingent will depart for Congo in phases

The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) is set to replace three of its contingents at the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 202 new BAF peacekeepers deployed to the country. 

The replacement BAF officials departed from Dhaka for Congo via a UN chartered aircraft on Friday. The rest of the contingents will depart for the country in phases.

According to an ISPR press release issued on Saturday, the three BAF contingents in Congo, consisting of 358 officials including 10 female officers, will be replaced by new contingents, reports BSS. 

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These contingents of Bangladesh Air Force are comprised of the Utility Aviation Unit 16, Air Field Services Unit 16, and Air Transport Unit 9. The contingents are led by Air Commodore SM Muied Hossain, Group Captain Md Readad Hossain, and Group Captain Mahmud Mehedi Hussain, respectively.

A special prayer was offered at the departure lounge of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) prior to the peacekeepers’ departure. Senior BAF officers were present at the airport at the time.

Earlier, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat briefed the members of the contingent at BAF Base Bashar on November 29.

The chief of air staff advised them to perform their duties with honesty, professionalism and sincerity, and to bring honour to the Bangladesh Air Force as well as the country.