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435 "Chinthe" Transport and Rescue Squadron
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435 Squadron badge
Active 1944-1946, 1946-present
Country Canada
Branch Royal Canadian Air Force
Type Tactical and strategic transport, aerial refueling, search and rescue
Part of 17 Wing Winnipeg
Motto(s) Certi Provehendi (English: Determined on delivery)
Battle honours Burma 1944-45[1]
Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Brent Andrews

435 Transport and Rescue Squadron (French: 435e Escadron de transport et de sauvetage), nicknamed "Chinthe Squadron", is a Royal Canadian Air Force strategic transport, aerial refueling and search and rescue unit based at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Winnipeg in the Western province of Manitoba, Canada. The squadron flies eight Lockheed CC-130H Hercules aircraft. In addition to being the only provider of tactical fighter air-to-air refueling in Canada, the squadron is a provider of primary search and rescue response for the largest search and rescue region in Canada, controlled from CFB Trenton.[2] The squadron keeps an aircraft on constant readyness to deploy, with airborne Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) standing by to respond within 30 minutes of notification during weekdays and 2 hours at other times.[2] The Trenton Search and Rescue Region, also covered by the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, extends from Quebec City to the Rocky Mountains, and from the Canada–United States border to the North Pole, covering most of Central, Western, and Northern Canada.[3]


No. 435 Squadron RCAF was formed on 1 November 1944 in Gujarat, India during the Burma Campaign, flying the Douglas Dakota in support of the Fourteenth Army. After war's end, the unit was relocated to England, where it provided transport to Canadian Army units in Europe. Deactivated on 1 April 1946 in England and re-activated three months later at RCAF Station Edmonton, the squadron relocated a few miles north to RCAF Station Namao in 1955, flying the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar. The unit was re-equipped with the C-130B Hercules in 1960 and upgraded to the C-130E in 1966. Due to requirements in the federal budget, the squadron was moved from Edmonton to 17 Wing Winnipeg in 1994, operating from Hangar 16, a Recognized Federal Heritage Building since 2007.[4]

More recently, the squadron took part in Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, Operation Allied Force in Kosovo, Operation Noble Eagle domestically, and Operation Mobile during the 2011 Libyan civil war. The squadron has also participated in several exercises and support missions, and was the first Canadian unit to land a plane in Jacmel shortly after the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake.[5]


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