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November 21, 2014
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Tom Lawson visited 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia 21 November, 2014.
During the visit the General had the opportunity to address 12 Wing personnel on ongoing matters within the RCAF and CAF during a town hall meeting. The General also met with the 12 Wing Command Team and toured the state of the art facilities which support the Wing’s ongoing transition to the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter.
- 12 Wing Shearwater is the center of naval aviation in Canada. Home of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter, 12 Wing supports the Navy with up to nine helicopter air detachments for international and domestic operations.
- The Sea King is one of the busiest aircraft in Canada’s Air Force, participating in a variety of international and domestic operations. In the last few years Sea Kings have fired shots during anti-piracy operations off Somalia; they have flown in support of UN sanctions off Libya; they have supported drug busts in the Arabian Sea, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Nova Scotia and BC; they have conducted disaster relief in Newfoundland and twice in Haiti; they have done airborne intercept for the G8/G20 and they have flown on Search and Rescue missions.
“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with the men and women here at 12 Wing who have been doing such terrific work enabling our Sea Kings to support our maritime operations around the globe. The support and training facilities here are truly impressive, and are helping to provide the very best training for our aircrews and maintainers to prepare them for current operations, and for the transition to our new Cyclone helicopters.”
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff
“It is always a pleasure when the Chief of the Defence Staff takes time to visit the Wing. The men and women of 12 Wing are eager to show the General the hard work and ingenuity that occurs behind the scenes to train aircrew and maintainers to support the RCN in domestic and international operations.”
Colonel Lise Bourgon, 12 Wing Commander
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Lieutenant (Navy) Len Hickey
12 Wing Public Affairs Officer