HMCS Halifax participates in Cyclone helicopter milestone flight

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One of Canada's newly acquired CH-148 Cyclone helicopters practices landing procedures on HMCS Halifax off the coast of Nova Scotia

The first CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, fully manned by RCAF personnel, successfully landed on HMCS Halifax,off the coast of Nova Scotia on January 27.

HMCS Halifax first commenced Ship Helo Operating Limits (SHOL) trials in January 2015 and spent five months working with the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, conducting tests and trials in order to determine the operating limits and best practices for the new helicopter. Having recommenced the SHOL trials in January 2016, the crew of Halifax was happy to be a part of this milestone flight for the RCAF.

“This week’s milestone achievement represents a great step forward towards full integration of the Cyclone helicopter into RCN operations,” Commander Graham Roberts, HMCS Halifax commanding officer. “Halifax has been extremely impressed with the capabilities of the Cyclone over the past year and we look forward to continuing to work with the  helicopter at sea in the coming months.”

Captain T.A. Munro, 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, Shearwater, the landing signals officer for the first landing, was excited to be a part of the ongoing integration of the Cyclone helicopter.

“This week was an excellent opportunity for pilot force generation and an important milestone in the maritime helicopter project,” said Capt Munro.

The personnel at the Helicopter Operational Test and Evaluation Facility (HOTEF) has been working very hard to help achieve milestones such as this one.

“The CH-148 Cyclone landing on HMCS Halifax is a tangible representation of the hard work and foundational effort that  Helicopter Operational Test and Evaluation has invested since the  acceptance of the aircraft. HOTEF continues to lead the introduction of the CH‑148 Weapon System by verifying the operational capabilities of the aircraft and its in-service support structure,” said Major Travis Chapman, CO HOTEF.

HMCS Halifax will continue to operate with the Cyclone helicopter fleet for the remainder of the winter, conducting SHOL trials and furthering the ongoing integration of the Cyclone helicopter into naval operations.

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