442 Transport and Rescue Squadron to hold training exercise in Greater Victoria

Between Feb. 5 and 7, a search and rescue training exercise will be conducted from YYJ

A CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter on manoeuvres. A CH-149 helicopter will be used in the search and rescue exercise, taking place out of the Victoria International Airport this week. (Photo courtesy of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces)

Between Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 7, 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron will be conducting a search and rescue training exercise based out of the Victoria International Airport.

During the exercise, residents and visitors in Greater Victoria may notice an increase in local air traffic. The aircraft to be used in the exercise are the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, the CC-115 Buffalo and the CC-138 Twin Otter, fixed-wing aircraft.

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People can recognize the planes by their distinctive yellow paint schemes, although the planes will likely be operating away from public view. Those who do see the training exercises are asked to stand at least 100 metres from where they will be exercising. Boaters are asked to maintain a space of at least 400 metres from the water-based training scenario.

In addition to military search and rescue personnel, the exercise will include key partners from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Coast Guard, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR).

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