HMCS Toronto Flight Ops

HMCS Toronto’s CH-148 helicopter deploying decoy flares in June while operating with NATO’s SNMG2. The aircraft, originally designed for offshore oil industry passenger service, retained the passenger windows. At last report, electronics and full combat capability will not be until 2013, an incredible 48 years after Sea King Replacement program launched. The CH-148 also has the same limitation of the CH-124 Sea King, having no ASuW (Anti-Surface Warfare) capability.

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HMCS Calgary set for Cyclone helicopter training

By Peter Mallett March 13, 2019 – HMCS Calgary has returned to home waters after a month-long deployment to Southern California – but they won’t be coming alongside right away. First they will be in the Strait of Juan de Fuca training with a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. Halifax-class frigates are required to complete Ship Without Air Detachment training roughly every six months. This qualification allows the ship’s crew to conduct helicopter operations when there is no Royal Canadian Air Force detachment embarked. “It’s a collaboration of members from different trades…

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First Cyclone deployment “outstanding”

January 24, 2019 – After six months away on Operation Reassurance, 21 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who deployed as the first Helicopter Air Detachment to operate and maintain a CH-148 Cyclone during deployed operations returned to Halifax January 21, 2019. Last July, the CH-148 Cyclone from 12 Wing Shearwater embarked in HMCS Ville de Quebec along with the ship’s HELAIRDET. The detachment comprised eight aircrew, one mission support member, and 12 technicians from the aviation systems, avionics systems, aircraft structures, and air weapons trades. HMCS Ville de…

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HMCS Ville de Quebec deploys with Cyclone helicopter

HMCS Ville de Quebec departed Halifax July 18th, the same day the ship she is supposedly relieving, arrives in St John’s, for Operation REASSURANCE. This mission also marks the first operational deployment of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, which at last report will not be combat ready until 2023, year 48 of the Sea King replacement program. The ship will join Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), one of NATO’s maritime immediate reaction forces, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea as part of Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence…

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Sikorsky & DND Receive AHS International Award for Successful CH-148 Shipboard Tests

AHS International has recognized Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for “conducting an extraordinary international effort” to demonstrate flight and shipboard operation of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter from a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. The award cites successful expansion of the flight envelop to Sea State 6 conditions, where waves reached a height of six meters (20 feet) with winds up to 55 knots (100 km/hour or 63 mph). On May 16, 2018, representatives from the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (CMHP) Combined Test Force accepted the…

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Sea King Replacement Program, Now in Year 42, begins aircrew conversion training

By LT Catherine Drover RCAF On Monday, September 11, 2017, the first round of aircrew conversion training began for pilots at 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron in 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, in preparation for operational employment on the CH-148 Cyclone and eventual initial operational capability around 2023. Personnel on pilot conversion training courses 1 and 2, consisting mostly of CH-124 Sea King-experienced airmen and airwomen, will spend the next 90 training days learning new aircraft systems and tactics while transferring their knowledge and skills from the Sea King to…

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