60 years of col­la­bo­ra­tion

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - NEWS -

The year 2018 marks the 60th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the creation of the North Ame­ri­can Ae­ros­pace De­fense Com­mand com­mon­ly known as NORAD. The his­to­ry of CFB Ba­got­ville is clo­se­ly lin­ked to that of the creation of this or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Clo­sed at the be­gin­ning of 1945, the Ba­got­ville sta­tion be­came ope­ra­tio­nal on 1 Ju­ly 1951 to serve as a trai­ning base for squa­drons for air de­fense in a new Cold War context. The creation of NORAD in May 1958 played an im­por­tant role in the de­fense of North Ame­ri­can ter­ri­to­ry. In 1961, So­viet planes be­gan flying over the Arc­tic to reach the is­land of Cu­ba. Figh­ters, then sta­tio­ned in Ba­got­ville, es­cor­ted them ma­ny times off New­found­land, out­side the NORAD pro­tec­ted area. Fol­lo­wing an agree­ment with the Uni­ted States in 1963 to de­ploy a new wea­pons sys­tem, nu­clear wa­rheads ar­ri­ved in Ba­got­ville in May 1965. The last wa­rheads left the Sa­gue­nay in the month of April 1984. The main event in the his­to­ry of NORAD is un­ques­tio­na­bly the at­tacks of Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 as two planes hit the to­wers of the World Trade Cen­ter in New York and ano­ther cra­shed on part of the Pen­ta­gon in Wa­shing­ton. These events kill 2,979 people in a single day. Au­tho­ri­ties sus­pen­ded all ci­vi­lian flights wi­thin hours. Clo­sed since 1989 with the end of the Cold War, the han­gars were reac­ti­va­ted ear­ly in the af­ter­noon of Sep­tem­ber 11th. To­day, CFB Ba­got­ville re­mains one of NORAD’s key ele­ments in the nor­theas­tern part of the conti­nent.

Newspapers in French

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.