424 Transport and Rescue Squadron

424 (Tiger) Squadron is a Transport and Rescue Squadron based at 8 Wing Trenton. To fulfil its roles, 424 Squadron operates the CH-146 Griffon helicopter and the CC-130H Hercules.

424 Squadron and 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, operating from 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba, provide primary search and rescue response for the Trenton Search and Rescue Region (SRR), the largest in Canada. The Trenton SRR extends from Quebec to the British Columbia/Alberta border, and from the Canada/United States border to the North Pole.

The Squadron crews one aircraft of each type on standby response posture in order to respond to distress cases as tasked by Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton.

In addition to providing SAR response through a para-rescue capability, the CC-130H Hercules allows the squadron to conduct its transport role in Canada and around the world. The CH-146 Griffon enables rescues and medical evacuations from challenging locations on land and over water. Both aircraft carry Search and Rescue Technicians onboard in order to provide urgent care to those in need.The members of 424 Squadron provide SAR response to incidents under the federal SAR mandate; all aircraft incidents and all marine incidents in waters under federal jurisdiction. They also support humanitarian missions and other SAR organizations when able

Squadron badge

CASTIGANDOS CASTIGAMUS
(We chastise those who deserve to be chastised)

Significance: The squadron was adopted by Hamilton and adopted the tiger's head in reference to the Hamilton football team.

History

The complete squadron history is available on the National Defence, Directorate of History and Heritage website.

Aircraft

Contact information

424 Transport and Rescue Squadron
8 Wing - CFB Trenton
PO Box 1000 Station Forces
Astra ON  K0K 3W0