RIMPAC : a tru­ly po­si­tive as­sess­ment for The RCAF

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - NEWS -

The two wings at BFC Ba­got­ville par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the Rim of the Pa­ci­fic exer­cise ( RIMPAC) and ma­na­ged to achieve all their trai­ning ob­jec­tives, and even more!

For Co­lo­nel Mol­stad, com­man­der of 3 Wing and CFB Ba­got­ville, RIMPAC al­lo­wed mem­bers of the Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force to prove their pro­fes­sio­na­lism and de­mons­trate their abi­li­ty to contri­bute to all kinds of mis­sions with their al­lies around the world.

RIMPAC was al­so an im­por­tant exer­cise for 433 Squa­dron; it was the first time the Ti- Pics de­ployed since the Squa­dron was reins­ta­ted a lit­tle over a year ago. The com­man­der of the Squa­dron, Lieu­te­nant Co­lo­nel William Mit­chell is ve­ry proud of the work ac­com­pli­shed du­ring this exer­cise.

The 18 pi­lots from 433 Squa­dron flew near­ly 450 hours du­ring the exer­cise with an ex­tra 220 flying hours to get to Ho­no­lu­lu and back.

Both Col Mol­stad and LCol Mit­chell were im­pres­sed with the ex­cep­tio­nal work of the sup­port teams who hel­ped them achieve their ob­jec­tives by main­tai­ning a re­mar­kable le­vel of air­craft avai­la­bi­li­ty.

On the ope­ra­tio­nal and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port sides, 2 Wing was res­pon­sible for erec­ting the camp and for pro­vi­ding lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port for the Ca­na­dian Air Task Force; their com- man­der was equal­ly im­pres­sed with their work. Co­lo­nel Luc Bou­cher stres­sed the im­por­tance of this kind of exer­cise for his per­son­nel to be able to work with mul­ti­na­tio­nal forces world­wide.

For the 85 mem­bers of 2 Wing, the big­gest chal­lenge was the size of the exer­cise. It was the lar­gest Ca­na­dian air ope­ra­tion out­side the coun­try since World War II.

Since their re­turn in ear­ly Au­gust, les­sons lear­ned are being writ­ten by the units that took part in RIMPAC. All com­man­ders have ex­pres­sed the im­por­tance of les­sons lear­ned from this exer­cise du­ring their in­ter­views with the Vor­tex.

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