Shearwater Celebration

Shearwater CelebrationFrom August 1-3, RCAF 12 Wing Shearwater in Nova Scotia will celebrate its centennial. This information is stated at the at the RCAF web site:

12 Wing Shearwater is the centre of naval aviation in Canada. Home of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter, 12 Wing supports the Navy with up to nine helicopter air detachments for international and domestic operations.

Shearwater's varied and colourful history reflects the evolution of flying in Canada and indeed the growth of Canada's Air Force. 12 Wing Shearwater is one of the oldest military airfields in Canada, second only to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden.

Shearwater was originally created as a sea base in August 1918, when the small promontory in Halifax harbour's Eastern Passage, known as Baker's Point, became United States Naval Air Station Halifax. It subsequently became an air station for the Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

With the integration of the Armed Forces in 1968, Shearwater became a CFB and finally, an Air Command Wing and lodger unit supported by CFB Halifax. Shearwater has been a home for Canada's air squadrons for the past 80 years, providing continuous service longer than any other Canadian military air base. By virtue of its coastal location, Shearwater has been inextricably linked to the air and sea approaches to Atlantic Canada. In fact, it was the threat by sea that the original "raison d'ĂȘtre" for the base that continues today.

For information about the centennial events, see: