Royal Canadian Air Force, October 28, 2018 - By Édouard Dufour - 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron celebrated a milestone in its history—its 75th anniversary—in a big way, with a series of activities and the publication of a book about the squadron.
The celebrations began on September 13, 2018, at the Quebec Garrison Club with the launch of a book paying tribute to 430 Squadron. After two and a half years of work, author and editor Marc-André Valiquette delivered on a tall order: a unique publication chronicling, in words and images, the adaptability and dedication shown by the members of 430 Squadron over the years in the defence of Canada.
Captain Laurier Soulard, deputy commanding officer of 901 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, volunteered as the book’s project manager. He noted that “a wealth of resources” were deployed to bring this ambitious project to completion. The archives of 430 Squadron and those in Ottawa, among others, served as sources. “The objective was for the book to present a full picture of the squadron,” said Captain Soulard. “Not just pilots, but also technicians, logisticians, clerks, cooks and photographers.” He added that the unit’s feats of arms, such as those accomplished during the Second World War, are featured prominently in the book.
This 264‑page bilingual work will be published in two editions. The first will be sold at by the squadron starting in October. The second will be a limited-edition collector’s item, with only 75 copies printed. Each copy will be boxed, numbered and signed by Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Babin, commanding officer of 430 Squadron, and by Chief Warrant Officer Michel Trudel.
On September 14, 70 members of the unit paraded through the streets of Quebec City, upholding the tradition of Freedom of the City, which is granted by a city to a military unit. The parade, accompanied by the sound of military marches played by the Royal 22e Régiment Band, began at the Garrison Club near Côte de la Citadelle and ended at City Hall.
The Freedom of the City ceremony was held in front of City Hall and presided over by Mayor Régis Labeaume.
Three CH‑146 Griffon helicopters flew over the site at about 150 metres above the ground.
430 Squadron’s 75th anniversary ball was held on September 16, 2018, at Hôtel Le Concorde, with almost 450 people in attendance. The guest of honour was Major-General Christian Drouin, commander of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region.