Yesterday, on June 9, the person on duty - the ninth - rotation of staff and equipment 56-го the VS separate helicopter group of Ukraine which performs a task of Mission of the UN in Liberia began.
Late at night from the Nikolaev airport by the Douglas plane rented by the State enterprise of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine "The Ukrainian aircraft transport company" on the African continent took off the first group of the Ukrainian peacekeepers - 86 servicemen.
As a whole, rotation will take place in four stages. Throughout three stages - 9-го, 16-го and 23-го June - the flights "Douglas" will make full replacement of staff of the Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent - 300 servicemen. During the fourth stage which is planned for June 18, replacement of the aircraft equipment of group - Mi's 4 helicopters-8 will be made. Replacement of helicopters will be carried out by means of flight of the plane of An-124-100 "Ruslan" by ANTK of Antonov.
Training of peacekeepers of new rotation took place for nearly four months on the basis of 79-and separate airmobile crew of Land forces of VS of Ukraine (city of Nikolaev). 56-го separate helicopter group new - the ninth - rotation the pilot 1-го a class of the colonel Taras Shlyukharchuk who already has experience of performance of peacekeeping tasks in Sierra - Leon and Liberia is appointed the commander.