Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

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Argent in front of a Viking axe and sword in saltire Gules a Viking helmet Or.


Since the Vikings are considered to be among the first people to venture forth into unknown and uncharted areas, the Viking motif bears suitable reference to the fact that the squadron was the first Canadian heavy transport helicopter squadron formed to venture into the comparatively new role of logistic air support using helicopters.






Authorized as '450 Heavy Transport Helicopter Squadron' 29 March 1968,1 from '1 Army Helicopter Transport Platoon, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps' (authorized 10 December 1963).2
Redesignated '450 Transport Helicopter Squadron' 20 May 1970.3
Redesignated '450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' 15 June 1993.5
Disbanded 1 January 1998.6


450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

1. CFOO/OOFC 3.154, 17 April/avril 1968, file/dossier 1901-0719/1 (DO)

2. SD 1 Letter/lettre No 63/38, 24 December 1963, AHR/RHA 1326-1873

3. CFOO/OOFC 3.154, 20 May/mai 1970, file/dossier F 1901-1 1873 (DO)

4. CFOO/OOFC 2.4.6, 27 June/juin 1978, file/dossier 1901-1873 (DMCO)

5. CFOO/OOFC, 15 June/juin 1993, file/dossier 1901-1873 (DGFD).  Note: According to the squadron's Annual Historical Reports for the period 1991 to 1993 and documentation received from the squadron in March 1996, 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron was redesignated '450 Composite Helicopter Squadron' in January 1991.  No official confirmation of this redesignation has been found.  In addition, the 1993 documentation redesignating the squadron '450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' does not supersede a CFOO from January 1991, but, rather, one from November 1986/Selon les rapports historiques annuels de l'escadron pour la période de 1991 à 1993, et la documentation reçue de l'escadron en mars 1996, le 450e Escadron d'hélicoptères de transport a été rebaptisé «450e Escadron composite d'hélicoptères» en janvier 1991.  Aucune confirmation officielle de cette nouvelle appellation n'a été trouvé.  De plus, la documentation de 1993 rebaptisant l'escadron «450e Escadron d'hélicoptères de tactique» ne remplace pas un OOFC de janvier 1991, mais plutôt un OOFC de novembre 1986.

6. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DEPR 003, 161930Z Jan/jan 98, file/dossier 1901-7001 (DEPR 2-9)

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