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Canada announces F-35 basing plan

The Canadian Minister of National Defence has announced where the F-35 will be based.


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September 13: Peter MacKay, the Canadian Minister of National Defence, has announced that the Canadian Armed Forces’ 65 F-35A Lightning II fighters will be based at Canadian Forces Bases Bagotville and Cold Lake.

“I'm pleased to announce 3 Wing Bagotville in Quebec and 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta will equally serve as operating bases for Canada's new fighter jets,” he said in an official statement. “Delivery of the first F-35 is expected in 2016. We expect that no less than twenty-four operational aircraft will be located at each of the wings, with the intent of maintaining a 50-50 balance between the fighter squadrons. The remaining F-35s will be attached to a training squadron at a location to be announced in the future.”

Both 3 and 4 Wings currently operate the CF-18A Hornet in three front-line squadrons comprising 409, 410 and 425 Tactical Fighter Squadrons. A fourth unit is expected to be added.

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