Ukrainian helicopter pilots celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ukrainian helicopter pilots celebrate 10th Anniversary

20-Jan-2014 Source: Ukraine military

The personnel of the 56th DHU have celebrated its 10 Anniversary of peacekeeping activities in this country.

At the official ceremony Col. Olexander Venher, Commander of Helicopter Unit, greeted the servicemen and awarded them the certificates.

“In January 2004, the commander of the first rotation of the Ukrainian Contingent Col. Igor Shendrihin, completed the first flight in Robertsfield and the whole Mi-8crew accomplished its first flight task under the auspice of the United Nations Organization, and started its peacekeeping activities in the region,” stressed Col. Olexander Venher.

For 10 years of their presence the DHU personnel have much contributed to the development and democratization of the Liberian people.

“The Mi-8 crews have spent over 33,000 hours in the sky, Mi-24 crews – about 19,000 hours; they’ve airlifted over 25,000 passengers and 6,100 tons of different cargos,” summed up Col. O.Venher.

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