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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Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary
February 1, 2020

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CAF-DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action Settlement

If you experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on your sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces or while employed for the Department of National Defence or for the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, you may be eligible for a compensation from this class action settlement.
January 31, 2020

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CAF members demonstrate specialized Arctic skill sets with international partners

Canadian Armed Forces members and international personnel deploy to Nunavut on Operation Nanook-Nunalivut 2020.
February 25, 2020

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February 21, 2020

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Eric Watts, a natural leader

When Eric Victor Watts enlisted in the RCAF on May 10, 1939, technically, he should not have been allowed to join. Nevertheless, he proved to be a natural leader.
February 19, 2020

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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