CFD Alsask

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CFS Alsask
Alsask, Saskatchewan
Former military base by Alsask Saskatchewan - panoramio.jpg
Former military base Alsask in 2011
CFS Alsask is located in Saskatchewan
CFS Alsask
CFS Alsask
Location of CFS Alsask in Saskatchewan
Coordinates51°23′31″N 110°00′10″W / 51.39194°N 110.00278°W / 51.39194; -110.00278Coordinates: 51°23′31″N 110°00′10″W / 51.39194°N 110.00278°W / 51.39194; -110.00278
TypeRadar Station
CodeC-53
Site information
Controlled by Royal Canadian Air Force
Site history
Built1963 (1963)
Built by Royal Canadian Air Force
In use1963-1986

Canadian Forces Detachment Alsask (CFD Alsask) was a military radar station in the Rural Municipality of Milton No. 292, just north of the hamlet of Alsask, Saskatchewan, Canada, a village on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.[1][2] It is within the Rural Municipality of Milton No. 292.

RCAF Station Station Alsask was opened in 1963 as part of the Pinetree Line of NORAD radar stations. The station was later renamed CFD Alsask when the military branches were merged. The station was part of 44 Radar Squadron and had a call sign of November, Jade Ring.[3] The station was disbanded in 1987 and has been taken over by the village. The station property became part of the Rural Municipality of Milton when the village of Alsask was dissolved in 2009.[4]

The station consisted of three radar domes, housing, a school, swimming pool, with a staff complement of 125 (military) and 60 civilian workers.[5]

Alsask Radar Dome[edit]

The one remaining radar dome (51°23′32″N 110°00′12″W / 51.3921°N 110.0033°W / 51.3921; -110.0033), built in 1961, was designated a heritage property in 2002.[5] The structure situated on the 2.5 hectare parcel of land houses a fiberglass dome used to protect the radar equipment from the weather on a three-story tower, with the lower stores consisting of a computer level and command/control level.[6] It was jointly utilized by the Canadian and American governments for monitoring Soviet activity in the North American airspace. The first floor contained the transmitter equipment and the second floor housed the receiver-associated equipment.

It was disbanded in 1987 and was designated a heritage property in 2002. Due to vandalism, the entrance stairs were removed.

Construction[edit]

Construction of the dome began in 1961 and the dome was completed two years later. The dome, which protects the radar equipment, is made of fibreglass. The tower itself is made of steel with metal cladding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/alsask.html
  2. ^ http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=4085
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  5. ^ a b Cory Toth - Encyclopedia Of Saskatchewan. "The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan - Details". uregina.ca.
  6. ^ "Alsask Radar Dome". Heritage Properties. Historical Places - A Joint Federal, Provincial and Territorial Initiative. Retrieved 2012-05-20.

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