Exercises

Exercises are structured scenarios that give the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel and leaders the opportunity to sharpen their skills and test new tactics.

Students and leaders taking training courses may have an exercise as one component of the course or as a final component or test. Exercises can also provide a tool for the RCAF to update and reinforce procedures and tactics for members who are working demanding environments, such as, combat or search and rescue.

In a larger scenario exercises give the RCAF an opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Army and Navy, as well as, the militaries of other nations. International participation helps build cooperation, sharpen skills beyond our boundaries, and develop new tactical procedures. All of which increases the professional capability of our air force.

Current exercises

In a darkened room, people wearing disruptive pattern uniforms look at images and charts displayed on computer and wall screens.

8 ACCS on Bold Quest 19.1 in Finland

8 Air Communication and Control Squadron and 51 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron members are home from Exercise Bold Quest 19.1.

A helicopter painted in yellow and red search and rescue colours rests on the tarmac with people wearing military uniforms working on or near it.

Chinthex 2019 – SAR operations exercise

Chinthex 2019 honed 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron members’ search and rescue skills, and those of a diverse group of units and partners.

On the left, a black and white head-and-shoulders photograph of a man wearing a white uniform with dark epaulets; on the right, a sepia-toned profile photo of a man wearing a dark flight suit and a white helmet with a communications package.

Majors Wally Sweetman and Bob Henderson: “Shining examples of strength and courage”

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron members mark the 25th anniversary of a crash that claimed the lives of two of their own.

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