Arun­del Castle Opens at Pa­tri­cia Bay

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A cer­e­mony was held to mark the of­fi­cial open­ing and nam­ing of 443 Mar­itime He­li­copter Squadron’s new hangar fa­cil­ity at the Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Air­port on April 9. The fa­cil­ity was named af­ter the prom­i­nent castle in the area where the Squadron was sta­tioned dur­ing the Squadron’s in­volve­ment with the D-day land­ings.

Her Hon­our, the Honourable Ju­dith Gui­chon Lieu­tenant Gover­nor of Bri­tish Columbia presided over the pro­ceed­ings. The of­fi­cial open­ing in­cluded a pa­rade to celebrate the Squadron’s con­se­cra­tion of colours and the nam­ing of the new fa­cil­ity. This of­fi­cial open­ing marks the end of a four-year-long pro­ject at a cost of $155M for the over 215,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity. This cost also in­cluded the con­struc­tion of neces

es­tab­lish­ments. sary air­craft sta­tions and se­cu­rity

The new hangar fa­cil­ity will al­low the Squadron to ac­com­mo­date the new CH-148 Cy­clone he­li­copter through the hangar’s ad­di­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties, space, and tech­nol­ogy. This is the first time 443 Mar­itime He­li­copter Squadron has moved since its orig­i­nal re­lo­ca­tion to the Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Air­port in 1989.

443 Mar­itime He­li­copter Squadron em­ploys over 200 mil­i­tary per­son­nel and op­er­ates four to six CH-124 Sea King he­li­copters out of Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Air­port. 443 Mar­itime He­li­copter Squadron plays an im­por­tant role on the West Coast, pro­vid­ing three he­li­copter air de­tach­ments known as "HELAIRDETS" in sup­port of the Royal Cana­dian Navy Pa­cific Fleet based in Vic­to­ria.

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