12 Wing Shearwater

12 Wing Shearwater is the centre of naval aviation in Canada. Home of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter, 12 Wing supports the Navy with up to nine helicopter air detachments for international and domestic operations.

It is an exciting time to be part of 12 Wing, home to the Maritime Helicopter community. With the announcement of the Sea King replacement, the CH-148 Cyclone and continued operational commitments, the Wing has never been busier.

Personnel and aircraft are deployed around the world primarily as part of Helicopter Air Detachments (HELAIRDETS) that deploy with Navy ships on the East and West coast. While deployed personnel become part of the ship's crew and the helicopter acts as an extension of the ship, extending its sensor and weapons delivery capability.

The Sea King is one of the busiest Aircraft in Canada's Air Force, participating in a variety of international and domestic operations. In recent years, this has included Operation SAIPH, Canada’s periodic contribution to counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa; Operation LAMA, A joint humanitarian relief mission that helped Newfoundland communities crippled by Hurricane Igor; Operation HESTIA, the Canadian Forces participation in humanitarian operations conducted in response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Op PODIUM, the Canadian Forces contingency operation that supported the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games; and, most recently, as part of Operation MOBILE was the Canadian Forces’ participation in the international response to the popular uprising in Libya against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

12 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater.

Read about the history of 12 Wing Shearwater.



Command Team

Chief Warrant Officer

Portrait of CWO David Hepditch

Wing news

Leading Aircraftman Stan Rivers (on the wing) and Leading Aircraftman Ken Allenby of 402 “Bear” Squadron, paint D-Day markings on an Allied aircraft.

Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered

Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons had already been involved for several months in bombing key enemy targets in the invasion area. Now, RCAF squadrons were among 171 Allied squadrons that attacked on D-Day—June 6, 1944.
June 6, 2018

Two men in green flying uniforms hold a certificate in a folder between them.

RCAF trainees encouraged to make the most of their time between courses

Waiting periods between various phases of RCAF training is inevitable—but trainees are encouraged to make the most of those gaps for both personal and professional development.
June 4, 2018

A man, woman and child look at items laid out on a table covered in a tartan tablecloth

Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered in Ottawa

More than 60 years ago, Lieutenant Barry Troy disappeared when his Banshee fighter jet crashed off the coast of Florida. On April 27, 2018, members of the Troy family gathered with personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy to pay tribute to his memory.
June 1, 2018

Three men in uniform sit at a tartan-covered table with documents in front of them.

434 Squadron reborn to lead RCAF’s operational testing and evaluation

434 “Bluenose” Squadron was reborn on May 31, 2018, at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. It will bring all the RCAF’s testing and evaluation flights, located across the country, under its command.
May 31, 2018

A fighter jet flies near a large sailing ship.

From Tholthorpe to Trenton: the history of 434 “Bluenose” Squadron

434 “Bluenose” Squadron is back in business as a test and evaluation squadron. This article traces the history of the squadron from its wartime origins.
May 30, 2018

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Contact Information

Main Operator: (902) 427-0550

12 Wing Public Affairs Officer

12 Wing Public Affairs Officer
12 Wing Shearwater
P.O. Box 5000 Station Main
Shearwater, Nova Scotia B0J 3A0

Phone: (902) 720-1996
Email: 12WPublicAffairs@forces.gc.ca