Delivered between 1995 and mid 1998, the Bell 412CF is a modification of the 412HP civilian version, with a unique avionics fit and a heavy duty cabin heater for cold weather operations. The CH-146 Griffon replaced the CH-118 Iroquois, CH-135 Twin Huey and the CH-136 Kiowa fleet. Canadian Griffons were built in Mirabel, Quebec.
CH-146 Griffon upgradeOn January 2019 was launched the Griffon Limited Life-Extension (GLLE) to upgrade the 85 Griffons still in service in order to extend the life of the helicopters to at least 2031.
On February 2021, the first (#467) of 3 CH-146 was delivered to Bell Canada to be used as prototypes with the goal of start fleet modification in 2023.
Griffon Rescues Stranded Canoeists, 10-Aug-20 : #canoeists RCAF CH-146 Griffon from Trenton 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron successfully evacuated two stranded canoeists on an island at Coveo Lake, Ontario
Griffon Rescue at Thousand Islands, 25-Jul-20 : #Griffon Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) marine patrol Detachment at Thousand Islands near the Canadian-US border completed training exercise with a Bell CH-146 Griffon of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron
Canada GLLE Program to Upgrade CH-146 Fleet, 28-Jan-19 : #GLLE Canada implementing “Griffon Limited Life-Extension” (GLLE) project to 85 CH-146 to extend the life of the fleet to at least 2031. 100 Bell Canada’ 412CF entered service between 1995 and 1997
Canadians Prepared for Mali with Virtual Reality, 30-Nov-18 : #Simulator RCAF CH-147F Chinook and CH-146 Griffon aircrews currently deployed in Mali initially experienced the West African country virtually before embarking on the actual operational mission
RCAF Chinook and Griffon to Mali for MINUSMA, 19-Mar-18 : #peacekeeping Canada returning to peacekeeping operations with the deployment of 2 Chinooks and 4 Griffons to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
SAREX 2017, 01-Oct-17 : Royal Canadian Air Force units took part of SAREX 2017 at CFD Mountain View, ON on September 23-28
New Cockpit Data Recorder System for CH-146, 27-Apr-17 : Curtiss-Wright will provide Bell Helicopter Textron Canada with a cockpit voice and flight recorder subsystem for the Canadian Armed Forces’ fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopters
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|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2008/11||JTF-Afg AW|| Kandahar|
|1997/||427 Squadron|| CFB Petawawa |
|1996/||444 Squadron|| CFB Goose Bay |
|1996/||408 Squadron|| CFB Edmonton |
|1996/||400 Squadron|| CFB Borden |
|1995/||403 Squadron|| CFB Gagetown |
|1995/||438 Squadron|| CFB St. Hubert |
|1995/||430 Squadron|| CFB Valcartier |
|424 Squadron|| CFB Trenton |
|439 Squadron|| CFB Bagotville |