Yellowknife 440 “Vampire” Squadron Twin Otters Celebrate Milestone

15 02 2011

A CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft from 440 (T) Sqn sits on the sea ice near Eureka, Nunavut during Op NUNALIVUT 08. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Source: Canadian Army News

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories — Nine CC-138 Twin Otters have served with the Canadian Forces (CF) since 1971. In 1994, 440 Transport and Rescue Squadron was renamed 440 Transport Squadron (440 (T) Sqn), its fleet was reduced to four aircraft and the squadron relocated to Yellowknife, where it remains today.

“[The Twin Otter] has supported a wide number of roles while supporting Canada, the Canadian Forces and Canadians,” explains Lieutenant-Colonel Dwayne Lovegrove, Commanding Officer, 440 (T) Sqn, “so it’s worthy of a little bit of celebration.”

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Hay River NWT to Get Canadian Ranger Patrol in 2011

24 11 2010

Hay River Rangers

A Hay River, Northwest Territories Canadian Ranger patrol could be set up in 2011, a Canadian Armed Forces officials said following the graduation of 15 local Rangers last week.

With the addition of the latest graduates, there are currently 21 Canadian Rangers based in Hay River – more than enough to form a local patrol, Capt. Steve Watton said. The patrol will be officially “stood up” following their first patrol exercise, which is tentatively scheduled for early 2011, Watton explained.

“We’re looking at February-March,” he said following the Nov. 10 ceremony. A number of local and territorial dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony at the Hay River Community Hall, including Katlodeeche First Nation Chief Roy Fabian, Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington, Hay River North MLA Paul Delorey, Northwest Territories Commissioner George Tuccaro, and Hay River RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Scott Buchanan. The course, which gives the candidates the knowledge and skills they will use on patrols, began on Nov. 4.

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