423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

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423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
  • 18 May 1942 – 4 September 1945
  • 1 June 1953 – 31 December 1962
  • 3 September 1974 – present
Country  Canada
Branch Royal Canadian Air Force
Part of 12 Wing
Nickname Eagle
Motto Latin: Quærimus et petimus ("We search and strike")
Battle honours
  • Atlantic, 1942–1945
  • English Channel and North Sea, 1944–1945
  • Normandy, 1944
  • Biscay, 1944
  • Gulf and Kuwait
Website www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/12-wing/423-squadron.page
Honorary colonel Frank Wayne Adams
Squadron badge Argent a bald-headed eagle volant proper wings displayed and inverted, legs and claws extended

423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron (French: 423e Escadron d'hélicoptères maritimes) is a unit of the Canadian Forces under Royal Canadian Air Force. It currently operates the Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King from CFB Shearwater in Nova Scotia, Canada.


No. 423 Squadron RCAF was a World War II unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Formed in 1942 in Oban, Argyll, Scotland it was disbanded in 1945. It flew Short Sunderland flying boats, performing anti-submarine and convoy escort patrols. Reformed in 1953 at RCAF Station St Hubert (now Montréal/Saint-Hubert Airport) flying the CF-100, it was again disbanded in 1962. In 1974, it was reformed a final time and in 1994 given its present name.[1]


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