REPORT: Canadian Government Hasn’t Recovered Downed RCAF Helicopter, Requires US Navy Help To Retrieve It

Another example of our underfunded armed forces.

The Canadian government still hasn’t recovered the crashed RCAF helicopter that went down on the Greek coast.

Six Canadian Armed Forces members lost their lives in the crash.

The remains of two fallen Armed Forces members have been recovered, while the remains of four others, along with the helicopter itself, are still uncovered.

It is believed that the helicopter is 3,000 metres under the surface.

Canada apparently lacks the ability to make a recovery of that kind, and our country has thus had to ask the U.S. Navy for help to recover it.

While it’s fine to ask for help from our allies, it makes it more surprising that our government continues to underfund our military, cutting our ability to make strong contributions to our NATO alliance, and leaving us dependent on others for recovering our fallen heroes.

Spencer Fernando

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Phil Giesbrecht

When we need a ‘Winston Churchill’ we have only a ‘Neville Chamberlain’ ! ! ! !

Major Tom

It’s all about Globalism…..(World Communism)….

Mark

This has nothing to do with underfunding, Spencer. It’s simply a very highly-specialized role with (thankfully) very little demand, especially for small-to-medium-sized navies. We’d need at least two ships and two equipment sets to maintain a capability, given maintenance requirements, plus sufficiently-trained crews, and it’s not a high-priority for us or most other navies. That’s a huge cost for something that would only be needed once every few decades (I cannot recall any similar need in the last five decades). There are many other things of much higher importance. Three kilometres may not sound like much but it is a… Read more »

Del

Who wrote this for you, Spencer? No military in the world has the capability to conduct a recovery operation of this magnitude. This sounds quite petty. This requires sophisticated and specialized ships that are only available from commercial companies. You missed it on this one.