October 18, 2017

Cenotaph Honours Historic Squadron


One of the RCAF’s most storied operational squadrons has been honoured with a cenotaph in remembrance of the sacrifices made by its members over the last 75 years.

Friends, relatives and members past and present were on hand in Cobden, ON Oct. 15 for the unveiling of the memorial for 427 “Lion” Special Operations Aviation Squadron.

The squadron has a rich history of war and peacetime service and is now a “precision lift” force using Griffon twin-engine helicopters to deliver and pick up Canada’s elite special forces soldiers.

The squadron has been heavily involved in Middle East operations in support of special forces units and they’re highly regarded in that demanding specialty.

“427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, CANSOFCOM’s “Lions”, are a critical element to our success,” said Major-General Mike Rouleau, the commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.  “They are special forces through and through. I am thrilled to see this storied squadron’s history – and unwritten future accomplishments – being recognized by this momentous dedication.  I am very proud of our world-class aviators who are great RCAF ambassadors within CANSOF.”

Lt. Col. Clay Rook, the commanding officer of the squadron said the Gathering of the Lions event held in conjunction with the Cenotaph unveiling honours the rich history of the squadron and the family of aviators that regularly go into harm’s way on behalf of Canada.