12 Wing Shearwater welcomes new CO

Col Sid Connor assumed command of 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, from Col Peter Allan on July 19, 2017, at the Wing. MGen Christian Drouin, Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region, presided over the ceremony.

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Col Peter Allan, outgoing 12 Wing commanding officer (seated, left); MGen Christian Drouin, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division; and Col Sid Connor sign the official documents allowing Col Connor to take command of the wing, while CWO Jacques Boucher, 1 Canadian Air Division CWO (standing, left), and 12 Wing CWO David Hepditch (standing, right) observe during the Change of Command Parade at 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S., on July 19, 2017. Cpl Jennifer Chiasson Photo
Col Peter Allan, outgoing 12 Wing commanding officer (seated, left); MGen Christian Drouin, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division; and Col Sid Connor sign the official documents allowing Col Connor to take command of the wing, while CWO Jacques Boucher, 1 Canadian Air Division CWO (standing, left), and 12 Wing CWO David Hepditch (standing, right) observe during the Change of Command Parade at 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S., on July 19, 2017. Cpl Jennifer Chiasson Photo

12 Wing is home to the Maritime Helicopter Community, including 443 Squadron in Pat Bay, British Columbia. The CH-124 Sea King helicopter is one of the busiest aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force. 12 Wing provides “Wings for the Fleet” on the east and west coasts, with support from highly skilled and dedicated maintenance, training and operational squadrons.

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Two helicopters — a CH-148 Cyclone followed by a CH-124 Sea King — fly over the 12 Wing Change of Command Parade held in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, on July 19, 2017. Cpl Anthony Laviolette Photo
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12 Wing is undergoing a transition from the CH-124 Sea King to the CH-148 Cyclone. Drawing from a rich history of Sea King-related projects, Helicopter Operational Test and Evaluation Facility (HOTEF) has already fully transitioned to the CH-148 Cyclone. HOTEF maintenance personnel and aircrew conduct the Operational Test and Evaluation required to support introduction of the CH-148 into operational service and to expand the tactical capabilities of Canada’s newest maritime helicopter weapon system.

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