408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

Squadron Badge

Significance: The Canada goose is at home in Canada, England and Scotland. Its speed and power of flight are indicative of the operational functions of the squadron.

Motto:

For Freedom

Who we are

408 Squadron is co-located with 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group at the 3rd Canadian Division Support Base, Edmonton Alta.

Equipped with CH-146 Griffons, the Squadron's primary role is helicopter support to the Canadian Army and other government departments.

The squadron's previous overseas deployments were to the Sinai Peninsula, Honduras, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. The unit has also been heavily involved in domestic operations such as the floods in Winnipeg and Calgary, G8 summits, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, and forest fires throughout Western Canada including the devastating Fort McMurray Wildfire of 2016.

Of note, personnel from 408 Squadron were deployed to Afghanistan almost continually from 2006 to 2011. Initially operating the CU-161 Sperwer unmanned aerial vehicle; in 2008 the unit started deploying personnel, to Kandahar, to operate CH-146 Griffon and CH-147 Chinook helicopters as part of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing. The Squadron contributed regular rotations to support the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with personnel and equipment transport, reconnaissance, armed escort, and fire support. Given the high threat Improvised Explosive Devices  posed to ground-based transportation, the Squadron proved to be invaluable in helping keep Canadian and other ISAF troops off dangerous Afghan roadways.

The most recent foreign deployment of 408 Squadron was to the Philippines in 2013 after typhoon Haiyan devastated the nation. Food, assistance personnel, medical relief and infrastructure materiel were all made accessible to isolated population centers where roads and bridges had been destroyed.

408 Squadron remains ready to serve on future domestic and foreign operations, providing tactical helicopter support as required. FOR FREEDOM. 

History

The complete squadron history can be found on the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage's 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron webpage

Equipment

Contact Information

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
Canadian Forces Base Edmonton
PO BOX 10500 Stn Forces
Edmonton AB T5J 4J5