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  • Canadian Armed Forces CH-149 Cormorant
  • Canadian Armed Forces CH-149 Cormorant cockpit

The EH.101 was chosen as Canada new search and rescue helicopter to replaced the CH-113 Labrador.

The first unit to receive the Cormorant was 442 Transport & Rescue Squadron at 19 Wing in Comox, British Columbia. The base initially host five helicopters that formed the Operational Training Unit. The remaining ten aircraft were divided between 413 Squadron at 14 Wing in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, 424 Squadron at 8 Wing in Trenton, Ontario and 103 Squadron at 9 Wing in Gander , Newfoundland. Canada has become the first third-party customer to use the Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) at RAF Benson for training personnel which includes british Mk3 flight simulators

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Team Cormorant for CH-149 Mid-Life Upgrade, 27-Jun-17 : Lonardo and IMP announce addition of CAE, GE and Rockwell Collins as industrial partners of Team Cormorant to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s EH101/CH-149 Cormorant fleet

Cormorant Fleet to be Expanded with VH-71, 29-May-17 : Leonardo and IMP to support RCAF CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade (CMLU) including the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters (ex U.S. Marine One VH-71)

RCAF Trains with Icelandic Coast Guard, 09-Feb-16 : Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-149 Cormorant from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron deployed to Iceland to train with the Icelandic Coast Guard

Canadian Operation Nunalivut in High Arctic, 23-Apr-15 : Commanded by Joint Task Force (North), Operation Nunalivut 2015 ran from April 1 to 22, 2015, and involved more than 200 personnel deploying from across Canada.

RCAF 442 Squadron in SAREX 2015, 12-Apr-15 : Royal Canadian Air Force 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron experienced during their annual search and rescue exercise (SAREX) in Port Hardy, British Columbia, from March 2 to 5, 2015.

RCAF Rescues Eight Men Adrift on Ice Floe, 11-Jan-15 : Eight men went adrift on an ice floe near Coral Harbour, NU on January 9 and were rescued by a CC-130 Hercules and CH-149 Cormorant team of the Royal Canadian Air Force on January 11.

442 Squadron “Rescue 903” wins 2014 Cormorant Trophy, 11-Nov-14 : RCAF 442 Sqd “Rescue 903” wins this year for a rescue on August 1st 2013 of an injured hiker on a mountain ledge at 9,300 feet (2834 m) on the edge of the helicopter performance envelope

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2002/    413 squadron Greenwood
2002/    103 squadron Gander
2001/    442 squadron Comox

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C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    50054 2000     149901: CSH01/511001. f/f 31may00. d/d CFB Comox 03May02
    50058 2001     149902: CSH02/511002. d/d CFB Comox 7feb02
    50071     149903: CSH03/511003.  d/d CAF 08jul02
    50076 2001     149904: CSH04/511004. d/d 20oct01
    50080 2001     149905: CSH05/511005. d/d 20oct01
    50086 2002     149906: CSH06/511006
    50090 2002     149907: CSH07/511007; 2003 442Sqn; 2011 442Sqn
    50098 2002     149908: CSH08/511008. d/d CFB Gander 8jul02
    50102 2002     149909: CSH09/511009. d/d 24aug02
    50112 2002     149910: CSH10/511010
    50119 2002     149911: CSH11/511011
    50124 2003     149912: CSH12/511012
    50130 2003     149913: CSH13/511013
    50134 2003     149914: CSH14/511014; w/o 13jul06, crashed into the sea of Nova Sco+
    50132 2003     149915: CSH15/511015

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