1 Wing Kingston is the home of the Griffon helicopter. It provides airlift support of troops and equipment anywhere in the world. Its six tactical helicopter and training squadrons are spread out across the country.The six tactical helicopter squadrons under 1 Wing are equipped solely with a fleet of CH-146 Griffon Utility Tactical Transport Helicopters (UTTH).
The Air Force and the Army selected the Griffon to replace three different helicopters because of its flexibility to do more things collectively, including moving troops to the battlefield.
In addition to its air mobility capability, the Griffon can sling-transport weapons such as the Army's gun, the Giat 105mm LG1 Mk11.
It has an advanced avionics suite, three-axis autopilot and a (NVG) night vision goggle compatible cockpit. It can also be fitted with FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red) , a powerful winch for search and rescue missions and a Searchlight for nighttime visibility.
Since 1994, the Griffon has seen service in disaster relief operations in Canada (Manitoba & Saguenay floods and Eastern Canada's 1998 Ice Storm), humanitarian missions in Haiti and Honduras, annual maintenance missions in the high arctic and in peacekeeping operations around the world.