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450 THS :

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450 Squadron Canadian Armed Forces

450 Heavy Transport Helicopter Squadron was formed at RCAF Station St. Hubert, Quebec, on March 29, 1968. The squadron moved to Canadian Forces Base Ottawa (Uplands) in May, 1970, and the squadron received Royal Assent for the designation 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron on May 20, 1970. On August 1, 1991, the squadron became 450 Composite Helicopter Squadron and then 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron on April 1, 1993. The squadron moved back to RCAF Station St. Hubert in August, 1994.

The CH-147 Chinook helicopter was withdrawn from service in the autumn of 1991. 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron continued to operate CH-135 Twin Huey helicopters in support of the RCMP and Joint Task Force 2 after the Chinook’s retirement. In 1996, 450 Squadron was deactivated after almost three decades of uniquely tactical aviation (helicopter) service to the Canadian Armed Forces and was formally disbanded on January 1, 1998.

On May 2, 2012, the squadron was re-established as 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron to fly the RCAF’s new CH-147F Chinook helicopters. The F-model Chinook was officially welcomed to Canada in a ceremony in Ottawa on June 27, 2013. It is much more advanced than its C-model predecessor, and includes systems such as extended-range fuel tanks, and state-of-the-art electro-optical/infra-red sensor systems that allow crews to operate effectively in very low light or reduced visibility conditions.

The squadron is based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, and reports to 1 Wing Headquarters in Kingston, Ontario. The squadron’s motto is “BY AIR TO BATTLE”.

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News of 450 Squadron

Air Assault Training Over Petawawa, 05-Jul-16 : Canadian and American forces took part in a large multi-national air assault training exercise at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario

CH-147F Chinook Responding to Alberta Wildfires, 08-May-16 : #AlbertaStrong For the first time Canadian CH-147F Chinook operating on a domestic humanitarian operation. Under Operation Lentus, 450 Squadron joins CH-146 Griffons in Province of Alberta emergency response efforts

RCAF Aircrew Ready for CH-147F Chinook, 24-Feb-16 : The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron has 10 newly qualified airmen for its CH-147F Chinook helicopters

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1970/93CUUP - Ottawa Macdonald CartierCYOW
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2013/    CH-147F Chinook
1991/97CH-135 Twin Huey
1975/91CH-147 Chinook

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
b-726 ch-147 1975 147004 : CAF type:CH-147; 1984 450Sqn.
b-728 ch-147 1975 147005 : CH-47C G-005 BuNo 74-22062; Aug83 pictured with 450 Sqn at CFB Edmonton; t+
: all-ways stationed with 450 Sqn Ottawa until sold
M.3156 ch-47d 147206 : 2017 preserved gate guard outside 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at CFB+
US Army Aviation 86-01651 : US Army cnvt. from ex CH-47A 65-08015; 2009 to Canada as 147206
M.2053 ch-147f 147303 : 06aug13 Cf Garrison Petawawa Ontario 450 Sqn

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