NEWCOMBE saw the deployment of an Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team from Britain’s Joint Force Headquarters, while the RAF’s 99 Squadron airlifted armoured vehicles, freight and personnel to support the French operation. The task group that the British Army is contributing to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will have 300 personnel … Sorry chaps, but reading this thread I cannot get the tune "Mali hi !" Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft deployed British Army personnel from RAF Brize Norton to join the UN Mission in Mali earlier this month. The British Army has many uses, though it is primarily a war-fighting organisation to protect the nation and, if required, fight the nation’s enemies with absolute commitment. British Army’s soldiers from the Light Dragoons and two Royal Anglian Regiment have started pre-deployment training on Salisbury Plain, UK. Nor is the UK’s job made any easier, according to a number of British soldiers already deployed in Mali, owing to the fact the British Army is seriously lacking in proficient French language speakers and has limited operational experience in the Sahel region. A French army sniper stands in the desert near Bourem, northern Mali, on February 17, 2013. PASCAL GUYOT Getty Images But fort patterns from the 16th century can only go … Initially deploying for three years as part of a 12,500 strong international force, the UK contribution will assist the UN mission as it seeks to deliver long-term and sustainable peace in Mali. BRITISH troops due to spearhead a new force in war-torn Mali are to stay inside their base over fears it is too dangerous. With reports suggesting a risk of casualties in what is the deadliest UN peacekeeping mission on earth, why is the British Army getting involved in this operation and what does it gain from it? A team of 14 personnel will rotate every four months for two years, the Irish Times reported. The British government announced on 28 January that British troops will deploy to Mali, but that they would not be involved in combat. The United Kingdom will deploy 300 troops to Mali this week as part of the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA), the British ministry of Defense announced Thursday. The helicopters arrived in July, supported by over 90 British troops. The MoD deployment is complemented by ‘£50m of UK Aid providing lifesaving humanitarian support’, according to Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin MP. According to the Royal Air Force here, the advanced party led by Lieutenant Colonel Tom Robinson, the Commanding Officer of the Light Dragoons, flew out to Mali on board a LXX Squadron A400M Atlas transport aircraft last week. The new deployment could see British troops working alongside Irish special forces. Operation NEWCOMBE was the codename for British military assistance to France’s Operation Serval in Mali in 2013. British troops are soon deploying to Mali, meet their commanding officer Under the cover of darkness, the Task Group began their large road move … The British Army has deployed out to Ukraine where they have been providing training to Ukrainian Armed Forces, following the illegal annexation of Crimea. CRACK British forces have deployed to the world’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission. The UN Mission in Mali is made up of more than 14,000 peacekeepers from 56 different countries. 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