424 Transport and Rescue Squadron

Squadron Badge

Significance: The squadron was adopted by Hamilton and adopted the tiger's head in reference to the Hamilton football team.

424 (Tiger) Squadron is a Transport and Rescue Squadron (TRS) working out of #9 Hangar at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton. To fulfil its roles, 424 Squadron flies the CH-146 Griffon helicopter and the Lockheed CC-130 Hercules.

424 TRS is responsible for the 10,000,000 square kilometers of the Trenton Search and Rescue (SAR) Region comprising most of the Province of Quebec, all of Ontario, the Prairie Provinces and the entire Arctic.

The Squadron crews one Aircraft of each type on a 30 minute standby response posture during normal working hours and on a two hour posture at all other times in order to respond to distress cases as tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre.

The CC-130 Hercules allows the Squadron to fulfill its other primary role of strategic transport anywhere in the world. To maintain this capability, the Squadron yearly conducts four Long Range Trainers to the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa. Airlift for humanitarian and aid agencies are carried on these flights, often bringing aid and supplies to hospitals and orphanages. As well, 424 TRS crews participate in all major airlift operations

424 TRS provides an important and diverse capability to 8 Wing which in turn makes for an interesting and satisfying tour of duty for its members.


CASTIGANDOS CASTIGAMUS (We chastise those who deserve to be chastised)


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

Our Contact Details

424 Transport and Rescue Squadron
8 Wing / CFB Trenton
P.O. Box 1000 Station Forces
Astra, Ontario
Canada K0K 3W0