8 Wing Trenton

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"Prepared for all things"

From delivering supplies to the high Arctic to airlifting troops, equipment and humanitarian loads worldwide, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton is the hub of air mobility operations in Canada. 8 Wing is responsible for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations over a large area under the jurisdiction of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton. CFB Trenton is home to the famous Skyhawks; this parachute demonstration team is a sub-unit of the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Center (CAAWC).

8 Wing/CFB Trenton is at the forefront of Canadian military airlift with its fleets of tactical and strategic transport and SAR aircraft. Daily flights to the four corners of the globe are routine for this wing which is highly responsive to international events.

Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, this base's history began during the interwar period - building at the base began in the early 1930's, to be further expanded during the Second World War. CFB Trenton is once again undergoing considerable transformation, with the construction of new office buildings and hangars. 8 Wing Trenton is arguably Canada’s largest and busiest air force base.

As the hub of air transport operations, 8 Wing is involved in virtually every Canadian Forces operation. Most personnel and equipment deployed to any destination within Canada or around the world pass through Trenton at some point.

Along with higher-profile deployments, aircraft and personnel from CFB Trenton are often involved with resupplying Canadian Forces Station Alert, the world's northernmost inhabited location. CFB Trenton’s 424 Squadron is responsible for providing SAR coverage to a million square-kilometer area in central Canada and has supported international missions in Haiti and Jamaica.

CFB Trenton also provides the equipment warehouse for the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). This quick response team has provided humanitarian aid to national disasters in Canada and around the world thanks to the CC-130J model Hercules and the CC-117 Globemaster III.

Currently there are approximately 3,200 regular force, 600 reserve force and 500 civilian members who make-up the workforce at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton. Living in many of the communities located in the Quinte Region, members and their families comprise many of the 17,000 Trentonians and 50,000 residents of the City of Belleville.

8 Wing is the largest employer in the Quinte Regions with an annual payroll of more than $110 Million, creating a significant economic impact in the local economy.

Situated on the beautiful North shore of Lake Ontario, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton is located 160 km East of Toronto, and 280 km Southwest of Ottawa. The Wing is located within the City of Quinte West; the nearest population centre is Trenton, 3 km West of the Base. Belleville is 13 km to the East.

8 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.

Read about the history of 8 Wing Trenton.

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Contact Information

8 Wing / CFB Trenton
P.O. Box 1000 Station Forces
Astra, Ontario K0K 3W0

Canada Base switchboard: (613) 392-2811 
Wing Community Outreach and Heritage Officer: (613) 392-2811 x3492

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Current Operations: (613) 392-2811 x4565
Strategic Planning: (613) 392-2811 x2041

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