403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

Squadron Badge

Significance: The wolf is a fierce and powerful antagonist, indigenous to most parts of Canada.


Stalk and Strike

Who we are

403 Squadron (Helicopter) Operational Training Squadron (Hel OTS) is located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown.

Equipped with CH-146 Griffons, it provides operational aircrew training to the crews who will fly the helicopter.

The Squadron also conducts operational test and evaluation , develops aviation tactics and carries out operations in support of the 1 Wing mission. It also supports the local Army requirements of the Combat Training Centre.

A pilot will spend three months at Gagetown learning to fly the Griffon before being posted to one of 1 Wing's five operational squadrons .

While at Gagetown, pilots will learn advanced Aircraft handling, including slinging and hoisting, tactical formation, flying and low-level tactical flying.


The squadron lineage, badge, motto, standard and battle honours can be found on the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage webpage.


Contact Information

403 (Helicopter) Operational Training Squadron
Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Oromocto, NB, E2V 4J5