12 Wing Shearwater

12 Wing Shearwater is the centre of naval aviation in Canada. Home of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter, 12 Wing supports the Navy with up to nine helicopter air detachments for international and domestic operations.

It is an exciting time to be part of 12 Wing, home to the Maritime Helicopter community. With the announcement of the Sea King replacement, the CH-148 Cyclone and continued operational commitments, the Wing has never been busier.

Personnel and aircraft are deployed around the world primarily as part of Helicopter Air Detachments (HELAIRDETS) that deploy with Navy ships on the East and West coast. While deployed personnel become part of the ship's crew and the helicopter acts as an extension of the ship, extending its sensor and weapons delivery capability.

The Sea King is one of the busiest Aircraft in Canada's Air Force, participating in a variety of international and domestic operations. In recent years, this has included Operation SAIPH, Canada’s periodic contribution to counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa; Operation LAMA, A joint humanitarian relief mission that helped Newfoundland communities crippled by Hurricane Igor; Operation HESTIA, the Canadian Forces participation in humanitarian operations conducted in response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Op PODIUM, the Canadian Forces contingency operation that supported the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games; and, most recently, as part of Operation MOBILE was the Canadian Forces’ participation in the international response to the popular uprising in Libya against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

12 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater.

Read about the history of 12 Wing Shearwater.



Command Team

Chief Warrant Officer

Portrait of CWO David Hepditch

Wing news

A man pilots an aircraft above rough terrain and clouds.

Flying up North

Flying in Canada’s frozen North is a challenge the RCAF meets and beats every day.
August 9, 2018

Fifteen people stand or sit in front of a row of flags.

Former RCAF pilots inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

Former RCAF members are inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
August 3, 2018

A helmeted woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform with a red and white flag patch holds an automatic weapon.

14 Wing BMQ tests air force option

RCAF pilots BMQ for Air Reserve recruits.
August 3, 2018

A very dark blue logo with a gold and blue military crest over the number “100” written in gold characters. Under the crest is the word “SHEARWATER”, also printed in gold characters.

Shearwater celebrates 100 years of maritime aviation

A retired RCAF colonel explores 100 years of maritime aviation in Shearwater.
August 1, 2018

A book showing an illustration displayed on a table.

Prisoner of war diary available online

A true Canadian military treasure has been digitized and placed online—a diary kept by Flight Lieutenant John Colwell while he was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III.
July 30, 2018

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Contact Information

Main Operator: (902) 427-0550

12 Wing Public Affairs Officer

12 Wing Public Affairs Officer
12 Wing Shearwater
P.O. Box 5000 Station Main
Shearwater, Nova Scotia B0J 3A0

Phone: (902) 720-1996
Email: 12WPublicAffairs@forces.gc.ca