4 Wing Cold Lake

Wing Badge

Badge

Argent, an ogress charged with a bar wavy Azure edged Or and surmounted by three tilting lances palewise Argent with pennants per fess Sable and Argent flying to the sinister.

Motto

Auf Wacht ("On Watch")

4 Wing Cold Lake is the busiest fighter base in Canada. It provides general purpose, multi-role, combat capable forces in support of domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force. Home of fighter pilot training for the Canadian Forces, 4 Wing attracts Top Gun crews from all over the world to our annual air combat exercise, Maple Flag.

4 Wing Cold Lake is, without question, the home of the fighter pilot. It not only hosts Canada's world-class tactical fighter force training, but also deploys and supports fighter aircraft at a moments notice to fulfill the domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force.

As an international Centre of Excellence for tactical fighter operations, deployable combat support and leading edge training, 4 Wing focuses on people, leadership, innovation and technology.

Two operational CF-18 Squadrons and two training squadrons, including Phase IV of NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC), and numerous premier support units, make 4 Wing Canada's largest and busiest fighter wing. As such, 4 Wing has some of the best and most sought after amenities in the world, including an almost unrestricted 1.17 million hectare air weapons range equipped with state-of-the-art threats and targets.

It is the vast array of support facilities and amenities that make Cold Lake exercises so attractive and successful including the annual Maple Flag Exercise, which draws international participation and continues to expand each year.

Read about the history of 4 Wing Cold Lake.

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Wing news

A man wearing a disruptive pattern camouflage uniform stands holding a flagpole with a flag in one hand and a military rifle in the other.

RCAF member takes “top shot” at military shooting competition

Lieutenant Baron Hordo, a member of the Royal Canadian Force, took home the Queen’s Medal for top Regular Force shooter at the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Competition held in September in Ottawa.
October 5, 2018

A vintage drop-wing single-engine aircraft flies in front of trees, with a flag in the foreground.

Heroes of the Battle of Britain remembered

The 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked on September 16, 2018, with a national ceremony in Gatineau, Québec.
October 1, 2018

Three people organize large kit bags beside a helicopter while two people in flight suits stand in front of the aircraft.

RCAF responds to state of emergency in British Columbia

The RCAF provided helicopters and personnel to assist in firefighting efforts in August 2018, in British Columbia during the province’s worst fire season in its history.
September 26, 2018

A fighter jet flies slightly behind a larger bomber aircraft with four propellers.

"Q" Duty

“Q" Duty may be the RCAF’s most important mission: defending and deterring threats from Canadian sovereign airspace. Pilots and support personnel are ready to go on a moment’s notice—and consume lots of coffee while they are on duty.
September 25, 2018

A  man wearing a military uniform speaks with other personnel wearing military uniforms who are standing in rows.

RCAF marks the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Air Force marked the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on September 16 with a ceremony held at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport in Gatineau, Quebec. Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, Veterans, and Royal Canadian Air Cadets, accompanied by the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, paraded to commemorate Canadian and Allied sacrifices made during the pivotal Second World War battle that took place over southeastern Great Britain and the English Channel.
September 16, 2018

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Contact information

4 Wing Cold Lake
PO Box 6550 Stn Forces
Cold Lake, AB, T9M 2C6

Public Affairs Officer

Telephone: (780) 840-8000 ext. 8121
Fax: (780) 840-7300
E-mail: 4wingcoldlake@forces.gc.ca