Arundel Castle Opens at Patricia Bay
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
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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.