From left to right: 1 CAD Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Sean Boyle, Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan, Airbus Representative, Mr. Boris Burlot and Acting 19 Wing Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Curtis Wright dig in during an official groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon at 19 Wing Comox for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue training centre. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Digging into a new training centre

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan toured the future site of the new training centre at 19 Wing Comox, for the newly acquired fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft fleet.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan toured the future site of the new training centre at 19 Wing Comox, for the newly acquired fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft fleet.

The training centre is expected to create 300 jobs in Canada over the three-year development phase and approximately 50 jobs in the Comox area for the remainder of the contract.

The training centre will include simulators and training devices for Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew, search and rescue technicians, and maintenance personnel who will operate the C-295W search and rescue aircraft.

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