8 Wing Trenton

8 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. From delivering supplies to the high Arctic to airlifting troops, equipment and humanitarian loads worldwide, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton is the hub of Royal Canadian Air Force air mobility operations in Canada. CFB Trenton is home of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (Trenton), responsible for search and Rescue operations over a large area of central and northern Canada. The famous Skyhawks parachute demonstration team is based out of CFB Trenton. This unit is part of the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Center (CAAWC).

History

Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the base's history began during the interwar period - with construction beginning in the early 1930's, to be further expanded during the Second World War.

8 Wing/CFB Trenton is at the forefront of Canadian military airlift with its fleets of tactical and strategic transport aircraft. Daily flights to the four corners of the globe are routine for this wing, which is highly responsive to international events. Members of 8 Wing are involved in virtually every Canadian Armed Forces operation. Most personnel and equipment deployed by air within Canada, or around the world, pass through Trenton at some point.

Along with high-profile deployments, aircraft and personnel from Trenton are involved with resupplying Canadian Forces Station Alert, the world's northernmost permanently inhabited location. Members of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron are responsible for providing SAR coverage to a million square-kilometre area in central Canada and has supported international missions. Members of 412 Transport Squadron located in Ottawa, and 437 Transport Squadron are responsible for flying Canadian Armed Forces personnel, equipment and VIPs around the world.

CFB Trenton provides the equipment warehouse for the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). Thanks to the CC-177 Globemasters and CC-130J Hercules based at 8 Wing, this quick response team has provided humanitarian response to natural disasters around the world.

Read about the history of 8 Wing Trenton.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing badge

IN OMNIA PARATUS
(Prepared for all things)

Significance: The eagle indicates the wing’s power for operational missions and tasks. The compass points refer to the many units within the wing and their wide-ranging ability. The blue wavy barrullets symbolize the wing’s current location on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Command team

Colonel Ryan Deming

Colonel R.G. Deming, OMM, CD

CWO Dan Baulne

CWO Dan Baulne

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

8 Wing CFB Trenton
PO Box 1000 Station Forces
Astra ON  K0K 3W0

Canada Base switchboard: 613-392-2811

Public Affairs Officer

613-392-2811 ext. 4565
613-392-2811 ext. 2041

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