12 Wing Shearwater

12 Wing is the home to the Maritime Helicopter community and centre of naval aviation in Canada. Home of the state-of-the art, combat capable CH-148 Cyclone, 12 Wing is responsible for providing maritime helicopter support to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with Helicopter Air Detachments (HELAIRDETS) for missions at home and around the globe. 12 Wing headquarters are in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.

12 Wing Shearwater includes 12 Air Maintenance Squadron (AMS), 423 Maritime Helicopter (MH) Squadron, 406 Maritime (M) Operational Training Squadron, and 443 Maritime Helicopter (MH) Squadron operating out of 12 Wing Patricia Bay, British Columbia.

Personnel and aircraft are deployed around the world primarily as part of HELAIRDETs that deploy with RCN ships on the east (423 MH Squadron) and west (coasts. While deployed with the RCN the personnel integrate as part of the ship’s crew and the embarked helicopter acts as an extension of the ship which enhances and extends its sensor and weapons delivery capability.

History

Shearwater’s history reflects the evolution of flying in Canada and indeed the growth of Canada’s Air Force. 12 Wing Shearwater celebrated its 100th Anniversary as an air base in 2018 and is one of the oldest military airfields in Canada, second only to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden.

Read more about the history of 12 Wing Shearwater.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing Badge

Supra Mare Volamus
(We fly over the sea)

Command team

Colonel James Hawthorne

Colonel James Hawthorne

CWO Bruno Poirier

CWO Bruno Poirier

Wing news

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

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November 19, 2018

A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron walk towards the camera from a Hawker Hurricane after returning from a fighter sortie on October 24, 1940.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: John Alexander Kent and the RAF’s Polish fighter pilots

In 1940, John Alexander Kent, a Canadian, was posted to RAF Northolt as a flight commander with the Royal Air Force’s newly-formed No. 303 Polish Squadron.
September 12, 2019

An elderly man wearing a jacket, tie and beret and a young man wearing a military uniform stand side by side and salute.

RCAF to mark 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Britain will be held across the country on Sunday, September 15, 2019.
September 11, 2019

A head and shoulders photo of a man wearing a military tunic with tie. Near his left lapel are wings and several military medal ribbons.

Last Canadian Battle of Britain pilot “slips the surly bonds of earth”

John Stewart Hart, the last surviving Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, died in June 2019 at the age of 102.
September 9, 2019

During the Battle of Britain parade held on Parliament Hill on September 16, 1956, the colour party marches past the saluting base in front of the Peace Tower.

The origins of the Battle of Britain ceremony

Each year, on the third Sunday of September, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) celebrates Battle of Britain Sunday. But what was the original purpose behind the ceremony, and when did it start?
September 8, 2019

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Contact information

12 Wing Public Affairs Officer
12 Wing
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax NS  B3K 5X5

Phone: 902-720-1996
Fax: 902-720-2045
Email: 12WPublicAffairs@forces.gc.ca