On March 8, 2019, the first of our 16 new CC-295 fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft rolled off the assembly line in Spain.



Canada’s new search and rescue CC-295 fleet will be composed of modern, proven aircraft that will allow the RCAF to conduct more effective search and rescue missions in all weather conditions, including reduced visibility, at long range.

The RCAF will operate the new fixed-wing fleet from 19 Wing Comox, 17 Wing Winnipeg, 8 Wing Trenton, and 14 Wing Greenwood; the same locations currently providing search and rescue services across the country. RCAF search and rescue aircraft and personnel are located where they can effectively respond to search and rescue incidents in all regions of Canada, considering factors such as the historical distribution of incidents, aircraft performance, and the co-location of forces with supporting infrastructure.


An artist’s concept of a yellow aircraft, with red wingtips and markings, flying over a winter landscape

It’s time to name our new search and rescue aircraft!

The RCAF is asking Canadians to choose their favourite from five possible names.
July 15, 2019

Three men wearing military uniforms sit behind a tartan covered table, holding pens with large documents on the table before them. Standing behind them are three more men, also wearing military uniforms.

418 Squadron flies again

418 Squadron has been re-established as 418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron to train aircrew and maintainers for the RCAF’s new CC-295 fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft. The squadron commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Derek Jeffers, was appointed on July 11, 2019.
July 11, 2019

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