A CC-177 Globemaster III from 429 Transport Squadron, based out of 8 Wing Trenton, made its contribution to the security, transportation and surveillance of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games when it went on a special pick up and delivery mission.
The CC-177, which can carry a payload up to 160,000 pounds [72 metric tons], arrived at 14 Wing Greenwood, N.S., on Nov. 25 to pick up a CH-124 Sea King helicopter to transport it to Victoria, B.C.
The Sea King’s ultimate destination will be 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, located at Pat Bay, B.C.
Another Sea King is scheduled to be transported on Nov. 26.
The Sea King is capable of flying in day or night operations. Its amphibious hull lends it the ability to land on water and it is equipped with subsurface acoustic detection equipment. Domestically, Sea Kings contribute to search and rescue (SAR) operations, disaster relief, counter-narcotic operations, and fisheries and pollution patrols.
The Canadian Forces will provide equipment and personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force environments to support the RCMP-led security operation, which also includes many other government agencies.
The whole-of-government security program for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games will be the largest domestic security operation in Canadian history. Canada Command is responsible for Canadian Forces routine and contingency operations in Canada and North America, which includes support to law enforcement agencies and support to major public events.
For more information about V2010 Olympic Games security, go to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/Commun/ml-fe/article-eng.asp?id=5121.