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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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5.6250 Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia
8.2289 CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia
9.7292 Halifax Shipyards, Nova Scotia
13.6297 Bedford Basin, Nova Scotia
27.6355CYHZ Halifax, Nova Scotia
62.3326CCW4 Stanley, Nova Scotia

1918 to present

44° 38' '' N - 63° 29' '' W
3.5nm SE of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Elevation: 167 feet

History of this Location

Opened in Aug 1918 as US Naval Air Station Halifax on the eastern shore of Halifax Bay, near Dartmouth, to support anti-submarine patrols off the Canadian east coast. With the end of WWI, the Canadian Naval Air Service was disbanded in Dec 1918 and the base was put under maintenance. It reopened in Feb 1920 with the creation of the Canadian Air Force, as Canadian Air Board Station Dartmouth. As the RCAF was contracting to a peace time strength after WWII, the RCN required an east coast base. The base was handed over to Naval control on 1 Dec 1948 and was renamed RCNAS Shearwater.
In Aug 1951, rotary wing operations began when the first Bell HTL-4s arrived, followed by Sikorsky HO4Ss in Apr 1952. In May 1963, the first of 41 Sea Kings started to replace the HO4Ss. On 1 Feb 1968, the armed forces of Canada were consolidated into the Canadian Armed Forces and the base was renamed CFB Shearwater. In the summer of 1981, the CS-2 Trackers of VT406 left for CFB Summerside. When the EW unit 434 Sqd moved to Greenwood (NS) in May 1995, this left Shearwater as a Sea King only base. CAF 12 Wing also has operational control over MH443 at Patricia Bay near Victoria (BC) on the Pacific coast, which departed from Shearwater in Jul 1989.

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List of units at CFB Shearwater

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1974/    423MHSCH-148 Cyclone 2018/   
CH-124 Sea King 1974/18
1974/89443MHSCH-124 Sea King 1974/18
1972/    406MOTSCH-148 Cyclone 2015/   
CH-124 Sea King 1972/18
CCG Atlantic Region

CFB Shearwater News

Canadian 423 Squadron to Celebrate 75th Anniversary, 18-Apr-17 : Royal Canadian Air Force 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, based at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, is celebrating 75 years since its formation in 1942 next May 17-19

Canadian Coast Guard Accepts Bell 429 in Shearwater, 14-Mar-16 : Delivery of 15 new Bell 429 helicopters for Canadian Coast Guard is on budget and ahead of schedule with 12 already in service. In addition, seven new Bell 412 will be delivered starting in 2017

Canada Accepts Six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, 19-Jun-15 : The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is a major step closer to operating a new world-class maritime helicopter fleet with the official acceptance of six CH-148 Cyclones on June 19, 2015.

List of aircraft and events at CFB Shearwater

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By Date | By Serial

1999-dec TrialsUK AgustaWestland UKEH101ZK101
2003-sep-07 CH-124 Sea King12403 / 403
2003-sep-07 CH-149 Cormorant149909 / 909
2009-jun-04 CH-124 Sea King12429
2009-jun-04 CH-124 Sea King12437
2009-sep-02 CH-124 Sea King12436
2010-jun-24 CH-124 Sea King12403
2010-sep-11 Bo105CBS-2C-GCHW
2010-sep-11 CH-124 Sea King12406
2010-sep-11 CH-124 Sea King12410
2013-aug-01 CH-124 Sea King12434
2015-jan-08 CH-148 CycloneN8040J
2015-aug-07 Canadian Armed ForcesCH-124 Sea King12414
2016-mar-14 Canadian Coast Guard429C-GCPI
2018-jul-26 Canadian Armed ForcesCH-124 Sea King12417
2019-jan-08 Canadian Coast Guard429C-GCPI
2019-jan-10 Canadian Coast Guard429C-GCPJ

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