MP Erin O’Toole Unveils Commemorative Plaque at Sea King 50th Anniversary


NEWS: Halifax, NS – Today, Erin O’Toole, the Member of Parliament for Durham, unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, to recognize the national historic significance of Canadian Naval Aviation during the Cold War. MP O’Toole unveiled the plaque in front of Halifax City Hall as part of ceremonies for the Sea King 50th Anniversary.

MP O’Toole was in Halifax for the unveiling of the Parks Canada plaque and for events recognizing the Sea King 50th Anniversary. The Sea King helicopters began arriving at 12 Wing Shearwater 50 years ago and celebrations pay tribute to a helicopter, its crew and servicing technicians that have served Canada in countless international and domestic operations. MP O’Toole was privileged to serve on the Sea King Helicopter during his time in the Canadian Forces.

Festivities included a book launch, tours, a parade through downtown Halifax and a gala dinner for registrants. Proceeds from the events will be donated to the Shearwater Aviation Museum. A short memorial service was also held on behalf of the 10 members of RCN and RCAF who lost their lives in Sea King accidents.

Quotes:

“The Government of Canada is pleased to commemorate the national historic significance of Canadian naval aviation during the Cold War,” said Mr. O’Toole. “The contributions of the men and women whose service and expertise kept Canada safe helped set the standard for Canada’s involvement in international peacekeeping and humanitarian initiatives in the decades that followed.” —Erin O’Toole, CD, Member of Parliament for Durham

“As a former aviator who served proudly on the Sea King helicopter, it was an honour for me to represent the government at events commemorating the Sea King 50th Anniversary. Today we celebrate not only this impressive aircraft that has served Canadian interests domestically and abroad, but also the skilled and dedicated men and women who have operated and serviced the helicopter for 50 years.” —Erin O’Toole, CD, Member of Parliament for Durham

Quick Facts:

  • During the Cold War, naval aviation and carrier operations were vital to Canada’s security at home and abroad. Drawing on the achievements of the two world wars, this fully integrated aviation team matured into one of the best anti-submarine forces in the Western World, delivering highly capable aircraft to combat the threats of the day in support of NATO and NORAD.
  • Naval engineers also developed the ingenious “Beartrap” haul-down system, which allowed large helicopters to operate from small ships at sea. Adopted by other navies, this helicopter/destroyer “marriage” became the international identity of the Canadian navy.
Erin O’Toole (left), MP for Durham, with Bud McLean (centre) and Peter Milsom (right) from the Canadian Naval Air Group with the Parks Canada Historic marker unveiled At the Grand Parade in Halifax.

Erin O’Toole (left), MP for Durham, with Bud McLean (centre) and Peter Milsom (right) from the Canadian Naval Air Group with the Parks Canada Historic marker unveiled At the Grand Parade in Halifax.

For additional information or comment from MP O’Toole, please contact:
Amber Bryant-Peller
Legislative Assistant to Erin O’Toole, MP (Durham)
Phone: 613-992-2792 / Email: erin.otoole.a1@parl.gc.ca

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