443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

Squadron Badge

Significance: The squadron was known as the "Hornet Squadron" during the Second World War and therefore adopted a hornet as its badge.

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron is the west coast operational Sea King squadron.

While 443 Squadron is part of 12 Wing, its home base is in Patricia Bay, British Columbia. It provides three helicopter air detachments known as "HELAIRDETS" in support of the Royal Canadian Navy Pacific Fleet based in Esquimalt in Victoria, BC.

443 Squadron is equipped with six CH-124 Sea King helicopters which it flies throughout the North Pacific, South Pacific and Indian oceans as well as other waters around the world.

The Squadron provides service to the Royal Canadian Navy by manning such ships as HMCS Calgary, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver, and Winnipeg in the Halifax Class Frigates, and other vessels.

Here at home, 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron works with the Navy in supporting government efforts to combat drug, fisheries and environmental violations in Canadian waters. Internationally, it supports Navy operations in surface and subsurface surveillance as well as peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

Aircraft

Motto

OUR STING IS DEATH

History

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

Our Contact Details

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
PO BOX 17000 STN FORCES
Victoria, BC V9A 7N2