Exercises are structured scenarios that give the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel and leaders the opportunity to sharpen their skills and test new tactics.

Students and leaders taking training courses may have an exercise as one component of the course or as a final component or test. Exercises can also provide a tool for the RCAF to update and reinforce procedures and tactics for members who are working demanding environments, such as, combat or search and rescue.

In a larger scenario exercises give the RCAF an opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Army and Navy, as well as, the militaries of other nations. International participation helps build cooperation, sharpen skills beyond our boundaries, and develop new tactical procedures. All of which increases the professional capability of our air force.

Military personnel in a helicopter

Exercise STRIKING BAT 21 hit it out of the park

Exercise STRIKING BAT 21 recently concluded at United States Marine Corps (USMC) Air Ground Combat Centre Twentynine Palms, California.
November 26, 2021

Group photo of the members on Exercise COOPERACION VII

Exercise COOPERAÇION means multinational success

The Canadian Armed Forces visited Colombia (South America) from 30 August to 11 September 2021 to participate in Exercise COOPERAÇION.
November 15, 2021

A photo of an illuminated igloo at night.

Arctic survival and search and rescue

The most recent session of NORAD's Joint Agile Basing Airpower Seminar focused on Arctic survival and search and rescue.
February 23, 2021

Two orange twin-propeller aircraft equipped with skis on snow in the Arctic.

Twin Otters transport United States Navy scientists in Alaska

Two, ski-equipped CC-138 Twin Otters from 440 Sqn took part in “ARCEX 21” near Deadhorse, Alaska, assisting the United States Navy with transport support for arctic ice floe studies.
February 22, 2021

A big grey propeller aircraft rolls on a runway after landing.

Members of RCAF’s 407 Squadron take prize at Exercise Sea Dragon in Guam

407 Squadron’s participation in Ex Sea Dragon was very successful, culminating in their receiving the award given to the top performing crew on exercise with the most efficient tactics.
January 29, 2021

Two men wearing green flight suits and black helmets, one of which mans a machine gun, sit at the open door of a helicopter flying over a wooded area.

Exercise Gander Gunner 2020

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 Griffons went to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, in July, to participate in Gander Gunner 2020, a seven-day aerial gunnery training exercise for newly posted aircrew.
September 16, 2020

Four containers attached to parachutes falling in the sky with a large grey propeller aircraft flying overhead on the right.

Parachuting-in: Arctic airdrops support Canadian Armed Forces operations and presence in the North

Members of 436 Transport Squadron conducted an airdrop of supplies at Canadian Forces Station Alert on June 22, 2020, using a container delivery system and a CC-130J Hercules to drop a training load.
July 22, 2020

Two people wearing camouflage uniforms standing in snow use binoculars.

NORAD Agile Airpower Seminar goes virtual

Members of the CAF, the United States Department of Defense, and other stakeholders virtually convened for the latest edition of the series of Arctic Air Power Seminars.
June 17, 2020

A group of people wearing military uniforms stand in front of a blue building during winter.

Third Arctic Air Power Seminar welcomes international attendees

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the US Department of Defense, and other partners, met at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Labrador, in late January 2020 to explore the challenges of operating in extreme cold weather conditions.
February 4, 2020

A man wearing a disruptive pattern combat uniform sits at a desk.

22 Wing participates in international virtual exercise

22 Wing personnel joined international participants in Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag 19-4, a worldwide synthetic training exercise that replicates major battlefield operations.
December 10, 2019

A military helicopter flies very low above a desert landscape, surrounded by dust.

RCAF’s 408 Squadron trains with Allies for Iraq deployment

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron went to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, in November 2019 to train in desert-like conditions in preparation for an upcoming deployment to Iraq.
November 20, 2019

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