5 Wing Goose Bay

5 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay. 5 Wing Goose Bay is a vibrant base that conducts and supports a wide variety of operations including both joint and combined training. Located in Labrador, on the northeast coast of Canada, its strategic location helps the Canadian Armed Forces and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to protect North American airspace.

5 Wing’s primary mission is to support NORAD operations for the projection of air power on the north and northeast coasts of Canada.

5 Wing supports military training for the Canadian Armed Forces, the Allies and NORAD. It provides effective training facilities, adaptable infrastructures and a unique, austere and challenging training.

History

1941 Creation of 5 Wing Goose Bay. Canada and the United States build an airfield on the present site for anti-submarine patrol aircraft and staging aircraft to Britain. The site was selected because of the excellent flying weather, ease of construction, accessibility by sea during the summer months and its strategic location. The role of 5 Wing Goose Bay has changed dramatically in the past few years, moving from a small station supporting a Long Range Radar site to a medium-sized base sustaining multinational flying operations and hosting a wide array of many international guests, both military and civilian. 5 Wing’s operational mandate is currently in transition.

Read more about the history of 5 Wing Goose Bay.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing Badge

"SULIAKAKATIGeJUT" means "Working Together" in Inuktitut.

Significance: The Canada Goose refers to the fact that 5 Wing is located at Goose Bay, Labrador. The badge includes five spruce trees along with symbols for land and sea recalling the Labrador coast.

Command team

Lieutenant Colonel Guy Parisien

Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Parisien

Master Warrant Officer Dave McDowell

Master Warrant Officer Dave McDowell

Wing news

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary
February 1, 2020

People in full regalia parade on grass.

RCAF Tartan: How it all began

In 1942, the RCAF tartan and the first RCAF Pipe Band came into being side by side under the guidance of Group Captain Elmer G. Fullerton at No. 9 Service Flying Training School at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
April 6, 2021

A single image of portions of three air force badges, all portraying an eagle at their centre.

RCAF celebrates 97 years of service

The Royal Canadian Air Force was officially born on April 1, 1924. However, its roots go back to 1917, and the establishment of the Royal Flying Corps Canada in southern Ontario.
April 1, 2021

A photo of a man wearing a blue military uniform with medals. Behind him is a Canadian flag.

Drive, service a way to give back

Chief Warrant Officer Keith Mitchell could add two more years to his exceptional, 40-plus year military service, culminating in his award of the Cross of Valour, but he’s calling it a career on March 31, 2021.
March 31, 2021

A photo montage of six people wearing military, civilian and sporting clothes. In the middle of the montage is a military crest around which are the words “SOLDIER ON” and “SANS LIMITES”.

Together, apart: connection through physical challenge

The 4x4x48 Challenge, during which participants walk or run four miles every four hours for 48 hours, allowed a team of six military members to come together virtually and support Soldier On.
March 30, 2021

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Contact information

5 Wing Goose Bay
PO Box 7002 Station C
Happy Valley-Goose Bay NL  A0P 1C0

Phone: 709-896-6900

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 709-896-6928
Fax: 709-896-6997
Email: trevor.ackland@forces.gc.ca