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

Two men wearing green flight suits and black helmets, one of which mans a machine gun, sit at the open door of a helicopter flying over a wooded area.

Exercise Gander Gunner 2020

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 Griffons went to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, in July, to participate in Gander Gunner 2020, a seven-day aerial gunnery training exercise for newly posted aircrew.

Four containers attached to parachutes falling in the sky with a large grey propeller aircraft flying overhead on the right.

Parachuting-in: Arctic airdrops support Canadian Armed Forces operations and presence in the North

Members of 436 Transport Squadron conducted an airdrop of supplies at Canadian Forces Station Alert on June 22, 2020, using a container delivery system and a CC-130J Hercules to drop a training load.

A man wearing a disruptive pattern combat uniform sits at a desk.

22 Wing participates in international virtual exercise

22 Wing personnel joined international participants in Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag 19-4, a worldwide synthetic training exercise that replicates major battlefield operations.

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