51 Aerospace Control and Warning Operational Training Squadron

51 Squadron Badge

51 Squadron was initially formed at RCAF Station Comox on 1 November 1954 with Flight Lieutenant S.J. Nichols as the first Commanding Officer. In 1958, the Squadron was disbanded. During the reorganization of the Canadian NORAD Region in 1989, two units were formed under 22 Radar Control Wing:

  • 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, Canada East Sector; and
  • 51 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, Canada West Sector.

These squadrons performed NORAD operations from the underground complex at Canadian Forces Base North Bay. In July 1994, Canada East and West Sectors amalgamated operations under 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron. 51 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron assumed the role of an Operational Training Unit at that time, and is now responsible for both operational and readiness training at 22 Wing.

"To provide relevant and complete training to 22 Wing personnel (both military and civilian) in support of 22 Wing's mission of Air Sovereignty and Air Defence, through formal courses, Computer Based Training, and Individual Tailored Training Plan."

"We will be a forward-looking, customer-oriented, ever-evolving organization, providing state-of-the-art operational training in support of all facets of 22 Wing's mission."

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