RCAF’s Cyclone helicopter undertakes third operational deployment with HMCS Regina

A large helicopter in flight.
An RCAF CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, deployed with HMCS Ville de Quebec, lifts off from the ship during Operation Reassurance on December 9, 2018. The third operational deployment for the Cyclone fleet began on February 6, 2019. PHOTO: Master Corporal Andre Maillet, RP19-2018-0155-009

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Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina, accompanied by Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix and a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, departed its homeport of Esquimalt today for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.

This is the third deployment for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Cyclone helicopter fleet and its first with the Pacific Fleet. The first operationally-deployed Cyclone recently returned to Canada after participating in Operation Reassurance. HMCS Toronto, with an embarked Cyclone, replaced HMCS Ville de Quebec.

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