canada CFB Patricia Bay

Vancouver Island, British Columbia



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1939 to present

48° 39' 12'' N - 123° 26' 2'' W
2nm SW of Sidney
Elevation: 62 feet

History of this Location

Located at the extreme south east of Vancouver Island, on the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, work began to construct Patricia Bay Air Station for the Royal Canadian Air Force in Mar 1939 as tensions grew in Europe.  It had opened as a training base for Canadian and Empire pilots and a Pacific seaplane base by Christmas that year.
After a significant contribution during World War II, civil aviation grew from 1948 and by 1952 the RCAF had moved out. With further growth it became Victoria International Airport in 1959.
Although helicopters had operated from time to time, the Canadian Armed Forces returned to a permanent presence at Pat Bay when 443 Squadron (MH443) moved into the West Camp in 1989 as part of 12 Wing (at CFB Shearwater), in support of the Pacific Fleet.

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List of units at Victoria International Airport

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1989/    443MHSCH-124 Sea King 1974/18

Victoria International Airport News

Farewell to Canadian Sea King, 22-Dec-18 : #SeaKing Royal Canadian Air Force Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King last official flight after 55 years of service

RCAF 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron New Hangar, 20-Apr-15 : Royal Canadian Air Force 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron currently flying the CH-124 Sea King received new hangar able to accommodate the new CH-148 Cyclone

List of aircraft and events at Victoria International Airport

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By Date | By Serial

2000-feb-11 Ka-32A11BCC-FIGR
2002-sep-18 212C-FNSA
2004-may-20 Ka-32A11BCC-GKHL
2004-may-20 S-61LC-FPZR
2006-aug-30 CH-124 Sea King12406
2015-mar-30 S-76CC-GHHJ
2015-oct-23 S-92AN901CH
2015-dec-12 429C-GCRU
2016-feb-27 Heliforhkp4aC-FHCN
2016-jun-22 VIH Helicopters LtdS-61NC-FRMH
2016-aug ExhibitSE3160 / SA316A Alouette IIIC-FCAX
2017-apr-10 VIH Helicopters LtdS-61N Mk.IIC-FLRM

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