Wings and squadrons

Air Force wings across Canada

Fourteen wings are located across Canada, from Gander, Newfoundland, to Comox, British Columbia. The Wings conduct Air Force operations under the direction of 1 Canadian Air Division/CANR. Ten Wings also include a Canadian Forces Base along with other operational and support units. Wings vary in size from several hundred personnel, such as at 9 Wing Gander and 5 Wing Goose Bay, to larger wings, such as, 8 Wing Trenton, 4 Wing Cold Lake and 14 Wing Greenwood with several thousand personnel. The following Wings report operationally to 1 Canadian Air Division:

1 Wing Kingston The home of the Griffon and Chinook helicopters. It provides airlift support of troops and equipment anywhere in the world. Its seven tactical helicopter and training squadrons are spread out across the country.
2 Wing Bagotville The Royal Canadian Air Force’s air expeditionary wing, a formation able to rapidly deploy as a self-contained unit, employing air power and providing associated support wherever needed, across Canada or around the world.
3 Wing Bagotville Located in Quebec's Saguenay region. It provides general purpose, multi-role, combat capable forces in support of domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force. It also provides search and rescue missions.
4 Wing Cold Lake The busiest fighter base in Canada. It provides general purpose, multi-role, combat capable forces in support of domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force. Home of fighter pilot training for the Canadian Forces, 4 Wing attracts Top Gun crews from all over the world to our annual air combat exercise, Maple Flag.
5 Wing Goose Bay The mission of 5 Wing Goose Bay is to conduct NORAD and other Canadian Armed Forces operations. As the Eastern gateway to the Canadian Arctic, its strategic location enables 5 Wing to play a key role in protecting the sovereignty of Canada and in the air defence of North America. Their location and the challenging airspace and terrain on and above Labrador and Quebec also allows 5 Wing Goose Bay to offer an outstanding environment for the conduct of joint and combined training for the Canadian Armed Forces, NATO partners and our allies.
8 Wing Trenton The hub of Canada's air mobility forces - from delivering supplies to the high Arctic (Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert) to airlifting troops and equipment worldwide. It is also responsible for search and rescue in central Canada and home to the famous Skyhawks with the Canadian Parachute Centre.
9 Wing Gander Home of the 103 Search and Rescue (SAR) Squadron, providing full-time SAR services to Newfoundland and Labrador. When a call for help comes in, SAR crews at 9 Wing Gander are ready to head out in any direction from their base in Canada's most easterly province, Newfoundland.
12 Wing Shearwater The centre of naval aviation in Canada. Home of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, 12 Wing supports the Navy with up to nine helicopter air detachments for international and domestic operations.
14 Wing Greenwood Nestled in the heart of Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley. Aurora crews conduct sovereignty and surveillance missions over the Atlantic Ocean routinely, while search and rescue capabilities are maintained 365 days of the year.
15 Wing Moose Jaw The site of the new NATO Flying Training Program in Canada (NFTC). This southern Saskatchewan town is also home to the Snowbirds, Canada's world famous aerobatic team.
16 Wing Borden The "Birthplace of the RCAF." The largest training Wing in the Canadian Forces, 16 Wing's schools offer air force technical training and professional development.
17 Wing Winnipeg Comprises three squadrons and six schools. It also provides support to the Central Flying School. All combined, 17 Wing turns out what are considered some of the best air navigators and multi-skilled personnel in the world. For Canadian air force personnel, all roads will lead to 17 Wing Winnipeg.
19 Wing Comox Based on Vancouver Island. Its Aurora crews keep watch over the Pacific Ocean while its search and rescue teams regularly locate downed Aircraft in some of Canada's roughest terrain while another squadron helps train fighter pilots in tactical procedures.
22 Wing North Bay Also known as the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS), is responsible for providing surveillance, identification, control and warning for the aerospace defence of Canada and North America at the Sector Air Operations Centre.

Squadrons (flying and non-flying)

Thirteen wings are located across Canada, from Gander, Newfoundland to Comox, British Columbia. Below are links to information about the squadrons situated across those wings.

Flying squadrons
SquadronWing
103 Search and Rescue Squadron 9 Wing Gander
400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 1 Wing Kingston
401 Tactical Fighter Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
402 Squadron 17 Wing Winnipeg
403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron 1 Wing Kingston
404 Long Range Patrol and Training Squadron 14 Wing Greenwood
405 Long Range Patrol Squadron 14 Wing Greenwood
406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron 12 Wing Shearwater
407 Long Range Patrol Squadron 19 Wing Comox
408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 1 Wing Kingston
409 Tactical Fighter Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
412 Transport Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
413 Transport and Rescue Squadron 14 Wing Greenwood
414 Electronic Warfare Support Squadron RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre
417 Combat Support Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron 19 Wing Comox
419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron 12 Wing Shearwater
424 Transport and Rescue Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
425 Tactical Fighter Squadron 3 Wing Bagotville
426 Transport Training Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron 1 Wing Kingston
429 Transport Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 1 Wing Kingston
431 Air Demonstration Squadron (CF Snowbirds) 15 Wing Moose Jaw
433 Tactical Fighter Squadron 3 Wing Bagotville
434 Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre
435 Transport and Rescue Squadron 19 Wing Comox
436 Transport Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
437 Transport Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 1 Wing Kingston
439 Combat Support Squadron 3 Wing Bagotville
440 Transport Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron 19 Wing Comox
443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron 12 Wing Shearwater
444 Combat Support Squadron 5 Wing Goose Bay
450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 1 Wing Kingston
 Non-flying squadrons
SquadronWing
2 Mission Support Squadron 2 Wing Bagotville
2 Air Expeditionary Training Squadron 2 Wing Bagotville
2 Operational Support Squadron 2 Wing Bagotville
4 Construction Engineering Squadron 2 Wing Bagotville
8 Air Communications and Control Squadron 2 Wing Bagotville
3 Air Maintenance Squadron 3 Wing Bagotville
12 Radar Squadron 3 Wing Bagotville
1 Air Maintenance Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
10 Field Technical Training Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
42 Radar Squadron 4 Wing Cold Lake
2 Air Movements Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
8 Air Maintenance Squadron 8 Wing Trenton
12 Air Maintenance Squadron 12 Wing Shearwater
14 Construction Engineering Squadron 14 Wing Greenwood
14 Air Maintenance Squadron 14 Wing Greenwood
19 Air Maintenance Squadron 19 Wing Comox
21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron 22 Wing North Bay
51 Aerospace Control and Warning Operational Training Squadron 22 Wing North Bay
415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron 14 Wing Greenwood
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