Exercises

Exercises are structured scenarios that give the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel and leaders the opportunity to sharpen their skills and test new tactics.

Students and leaders taking training courses may have an exercise as one component of the course or as a final component or test. Exercises can also provide a tool for the RCAF to update and reinforce procedures and tactics for members who are working demanding environments, such as, combat or search and rescue.

In a larger scenario exercises give the RCAF an opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Army and Navy, as well as, the militaries of other nations. International participation helps build cooperation, sharpen skills beyond our boundaries, and develop new tactical procedures. All of which increases the professional capability of our air force.

For the second year in a row, a CP-140 Aurora aircraft and crew from 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron and support personnel from 19 Wing Comox participated in Exercise Sea Dragon. And for the second year in a row, the Royal Canadian Air Force detachment received the coveted Dragon Belt award for top-performing crew in the exercise.
January 19, 2022

Exercise STRIKING BAT 21 recently concluded at United States Marine Corps (USMC) Air Ground Combat Centre Twentynine Palms, California.
November 26, 2021

The Canadian Armed Forces visited Colombia (South America) from 30 August to 11 September 2021 to participate in Exercise COOPERAÇION.
November 15, 2021

The most recent session of NORAD's Joint Agile Basing Airpower Seminar focused on Arctic survival and search and rescue.
February 23, 2021

Two, ski-equipped CC-138 Twin Otters from 440 Sqn took part in “ARCEX 21” near Deadhorse, Alaska, assisting the United States Navy with transport support for arctic ice floe studies.
February 22, 2021

407 Squadron’s participation in Ex Sea Dragon was very successful, culminating in their receiving the award given to the top performing crew on exercise with the most efficient tactics.
January 29, 2021

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 Griffons went to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, in July, to participate in Gander Gunner 2020, a seven-day aerial gunnery training exercise for newly posted aircrew.
September 16, 2020

Members of 436 Transport Squadron conducted an airdrop of supplies at Canadian Forces Station Alert on June 22, 2020, using a container delivery system and a CC-130J Hercules to drop a training load.
July 22, 2020

Members of the CAF, the United States Department of Defense, and other stakeholders virtually convened for the latest edition of the series of Arctic Air Power Seminars.
June 17, 2020

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the US Department of Defense, and other partners, met at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Labrador, in late January 2020 to explore the challenges of operating in extreme cold weather conditions.
February 4, 2020

22 Wing personnel joined international participants in Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag 19-4, a worldwide synthetic training exercise that replicates major battlefield operations.
December 10, 2019

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron went to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, in November 2019 to train in desert-like conditions in preparation for an upcoming deployment to Iraq.
November 20, 2019

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