430 Squadron is located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier, Quebec.
Equipped with CH-146 Griffons, the Squadron supports 5e Groupe Brigade Mécanisé du Canada .
The "Silver Falcon" Squadron has an interesting history . During the war years, it served as a fighter reconnaissance squadron. After the war, it reformed in North Bay as a Fighter Squadron, equipped with F-86 Sabres . It was eventually transferred to Zwiebrucken, Germany where it flew the CF-104 Starfighter.
With unification , it was assigned to CFB Valcartier as a tactical helicopter squadron and equipped with the CH-135 Twin Huey and CH-136 Kiowa .
On January 1 1971, the Squadron was reformed at CFB Valcartier as 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. With the phase out of the Twin Huey and Kiowa helicopters, the Squadron acquired the CH-146 Griffon helicopter in 1994.
Among its international missions was its role in the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) . Equipped with five CH-146 Griffon helicopters and two Mi-8 (Russian civilian helicopters under contract in support of the mission), the Squadron provided the UN force with casualty evacuation, a day and night mission capability, and a medium airlift transportation capability.