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AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that its fleet of AW101 (formerly EH101) “Cormorant” search and rescue helicopters has achieved dual milestones of 10 years active service with the Royal Canadian Air Force and 50,000 operating hours.

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While several Canadian Forces search and rescue (SAR) crews and aircraft were conducting exercises with partner agencies in northern Quebec last month, their training was punctuated by two live incidents.

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From September 4 to 9, 2012, 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron supported ‘C’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (known as 3VP), on Exercise Spartan Dagger at Canadian Forces Detachment Dundurn, Sask.

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A treacherous nighttime icy Arctic sea rescue of two hunters by a Canadian Forces Search and Rescue team has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue.

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The Aeromedical Evacuation Flight (AE Flt) out of 8 Wing Trenton, Ont., received the Canadian Forces Unit Commendation (CFUC) on September 13 for its outstanding dedication and professionalism. The flight is mandated to provide timely aeromedical support to soldiers involved in national and international operations.

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The commander of 1 Wing Kingston, Ont., Colonel Kevin Whale recently presented a “Mention in Dispatches” (MID) to a tactical helicopter pilot from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based in Edmonton, Alta., but belonging to 1 Wing Kingston, Ont.

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“After 36 years of service to our nation, I am about to pass over command of the finest Air Force in the world, and complete my final working day in the Canadian Forces.”

With those remarks, Lieutenant-General André Deschamps set the tone for the Royal Canadian Air Force change of command ceremony, which took place yesterday at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

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An early pioneer of the post-Second World War Royal Canadian Air Force has passed away at the age of 81. Lieutenant-General Allan MacKenzie served as the second commander of Air Command, headquartered in Winnipeg, Man. Air Command was responsible for Canadian air power at home and abroad from 1975 until 2011, when the name Royal Canadian Air Force was restored.

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Typhoon Pilots visit 17 Wing

It was supposed to be a tour of the Wing put on for the benefit of five Second World War pilots and their families but it turned out to be as much a learning experience for the military members giving the tour as the veterans.

 

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New Commander for RCAF

Command of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) officially changed hands at a ceremony held today at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

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