434 Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron

Badge. Argent upon waves of water Azure representation of the schooner Bluenose proper.

Squadron Badge

Significance: The squadron was adopted by the Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and took the nickname "Bluenose" in reference to the common nickname for Nova Scotians. The schooner Bluenose is well known for its fine record.


IN EXCELSIS VINCIMUS (We conquer in the heights)

434 Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Squadron ensures the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has the operational capability to address the air power challenges of today and the future through the execution of prioritized, command-driven test and evaluation. Under the command of the RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre (RAWC), the Squadron supports the RAWC’s mandated role as the change-driver and enabler for the RCAF.

434 (OT&E) Squadron manages and coordinates RCAF’s operational test and evaluation activities. The individual Test and Evaluation Flights (TEFs) test, evaluate, develop and investigate new technologies, procedures and tactics to ensure the RCAF remains prepared for future operations.

The squadron comprises the following TEFs:

  • The Helicopter Operational Test and Evaluation Flight (HOTEF) at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, is responsible for the operationalization of the CH-148 Cyclone Maritime Helicopter.
  • The Long Range Patrol Operational Test and Evaluation Flight (LRPTEF) at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, is focused primarily on the CP-140 Aurora.
  • The Transport Operational Test and Evaluation Flight (LATEF) at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, deals with all air mobility fleets such as the CC-130J Hercules, CC-177 Globemaster III, and CC-150 Polaris.
  • The Land Aviation Test and Evaluation Flight (LATEF) at Saint-Hubert, Quebec, deals with tactical aviation helicopters such as the CH-147 Chinooks and CH-146 Griffons.
  • The Fighter Operational Test and Evaluation Flight (FOTEF) at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, deals with fighter aircraft.
  • The Search and Rescue Test and Evaluation Flight (SARTEF) at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, is responsible for the CC-295, CH-149 Cormorant, CC-130H Hercules and CH-146 Griffon SAR fleets.
  • The Aerospace Test and Evaluation Flight (AEROTEF) will be co-located with 434 Squadron headquarters in 8 Wing Trenton and will deal with ground-based aeronautical systems such as radars, navigational aids, meteorological systems and data links.


The squadron lineage, badge, motto, standard and battle honours can be found at the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage.

Contact information

434 Operation Test and Evaluation Squadron
8 Wing / CFB Trenton
P.O. Box 1000 Station Forces
Astra, Ontario
Canada K0K 3W0

434 Operation Test and Evaluation Squadron (RAWC operations) commercial telephone number is (613) 392-2811 ext 7798

Email: Maj Neal Matthews