Busy week for 103 Search and Rescue Squadron in Gander



103 Search and Rescue (SAR) recently had their endurance tested as they were tasked seven times in seven days.

The Gander RCAF unit was extremely busy being tasked a total seven times in seven days with such things as a marine medevac 350 nautical miles off St. John’s, and several medevacs on the lower North shore of Quebec and Southern Labrador.

During this time, the CH-149 Cormorant helicopters based in 9 Wing Gander were dispatched across Newfoundland and Labrador, accumulating more than 35 hours of mission flying time.

“This was a very busy operational tempo for this time of year,” said Major Jean Leroux, 103 (SAR) Sqn, commanding officer. “It is through our rigorous training program that we can successfully face multiple SAR tasking in a very short period of time. 103 Sqn is an elite SAR unit that maintains a high degree of intellectual and physical aptitude. Our stamina was surely put to the test, especially since most of those missions were in very challenging weather conditions. I am proud of the leadership throughout our crews that kept our mission execution safe and effective. I am also thrilled about the support we received from our IMP technicians that put the helicopters on the ramp, serviceable in mission after mission at any time of the day or night.”

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