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Canadian Forces Contribute to RIMPAC 2010

July 9th, 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Cpl Adam Phillips, an aviation systems technician with 407 Squadron marshals in a CP-140 Aurora after it landed at Kane'ohe Bay, Hawaii. Photo Credit: Cpl Susan Howell.

COMOX, BC – Two Air Force squadrons, 405 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron from 14 Wing Greenwood, N.S., and 407 (Long Range Patrol) Squadron from 19 Wing Comox, B.C., are participating in RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2010, a multi-national exercise taking place in Hawaii from June 23 to August 10.

The exercise focuses on improving interoperability and understanding between military forces from nations with interest in the Pacific Rim. As part of the Canadian Forces contribution to the exercise, the squadrons deployed aircrew and maintenance personnel to Hawaii where they will exercise their patrol, surveillance and detection skills over land and sea. Both squadrons use the CP-140 Aurora aircraft, which provides a versatile platform to perform roles that include anti-submarine warfare, and reconnaissance and surveillance over land and sea.

The deployment also has a unique significance for 407 Squadron.

“2010 is the 100th birthday of the Canadian Navy and we are proud to commemorate our own naval aviation history by showcasing the Naval Centennial logo on our tail fins,” said Major Brent Vaino. “I’m looking forward to working side-by-side once again with our sister service, and showing the world what we’re made of.”

Other countries participating in RIMPAC 2010 include Australia, Chile, Columbia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

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