3 Wing Bagotville

3 Wing Bagotville is located at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville in Quebec's Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. The goal of 3 Wing, under the operational command of 1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD), is to protect Canada and Canadians, defend North America and promote peace and international security. Equipped with CF-188 Hornets, it is one of two fighter aircraft units in Canada.

3 wing consists of several divisions which include primarily the deputy commander, mission support squadron, and health care divisions. There is also the operation support squadron, which oversees activities relating to the support and distribution of operational tasks, 12 radar squadron (12 RS), 3 air maintenance squadron (3 AMS) and 439 combat support squadron equipped with Griffon helicopters for combat support, as well as search and rescue.

History

The Bagotville Station was built in July 1942 to provide a training base for pilots and protect the Alcan and hydro-electric facilities in the area during World War II, hence its motto "Defend the Saguenay".

Closed at the end of the war, the station was re-opened in 1951 as a training base for the squadrons serving with the Canadian Division in Europe and to support the air defense operations of the newly formed Canadian and American forces that would become NORAD in 1958.Following implementation of the wing concept in the Air Force, 3 wing, which in succession served Canada at Zweibrücken from 1952 to 1968 and at Lahr from 1988 to 1992, was reconstituted at Bagotville on 1 April 1993.

Read more about the history of 3 Wing Bagotville.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing badge

"Vanguard of liberty"

Significance: The eagle symbolizes the strength, swiftness, and fighting spirit of the unit. The Three maple leaves relate to the unit’s name.

Command team

Colonel William Radiff, MSM, CD

Colonel William Radiff, MSM, CD

Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer Pascal Turcotte, MSM, CD

Chief Warrant Officer Pascal Turcotte, MSM, CD

Wing news

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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

3 Wing Bagotville
PO Box 5000
Succ Bureau-Chef
Alouette QC  G0V 1A0

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 418-677-4145
Fax: 418-677-4073
Email: 3EscBagotville@forces.gc.ca