8 Wing Trenton
Who we are
From delivering supplies to the high Arctic to airlifting troops, equipment and humanitarian loads worldwide, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton is the hub of air mobility operations in Canada. 8 Wing is responsible for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations over a large area under the jurisdiction of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton. CFB Trenton is home to the famous Skyhawks; this parachute demonstration team is a sub-unit of the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Center (CAAWC).
8 Wing/CFB Trenton is at the forefront of Canadian military airlift with its fleets of tactical and strategic transport and SAR aircraft. Daily flights to the four corners of the globe are routine for this wing which is highly responsive to international events.
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, this base's history began during the interwar period - building at the base began in the early 1930's, to be further expanded during the Second World War. CFB Trenton is once again undergoing considerable transformation, with the construction of new office buildings, hangars and a control tower; 8 Wing Trenton is arguably becoming one of Canada’s busiest air force bases.
As the hub of air transport operations, 8 Wing is involved in virtually every Canadian Forces operation. Most personnel and equipment deployed to any destination within Canada or around the world pass through Trenton at some point.
Along with higher-profile deployments, aircraft and personnel from CFB Trenton are often involved with resupplying Canadian Forces Station Alert, the world's northernmost inhabited location. CFB Trenton’s 424 Squadron is responsible for providing SAR coverage to a million square-kilometer area in central Canada and has supported international missions in Haiti and Jamaica.
CFB Trenton also provides the equipment warehouse for the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). This quick response team has provided humanitarian aid to Pakistan following a devastating earthquake in 2005 (Operation PLATEAU), to Sri Lanka in 2005 following the tsunami that hit the region (Operation STRUCTURE), to Turkey in 1999 after a severe earthquake (Operation TORRENT), and to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010 (Operation HESTIA). 8 Wing assets have also supported missions to Libya (Operation MOBILE) and celebrated 10 years of continuous service in Afghanistan Task Force Canuk.
Currently there are approximately 3,200 regular force, 600 reserve force and 500 civilian members who make-up the workforce at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton. Living in many of the communities located in the Quinte Region, members and their families comprise many of the 17,000 Trentonians and 50,000 residents of the City of Belleville.
8 Wing is the largest employer in the Quinte Regions with an annual payroll of more than $110 Million, creating a significant economic impact in the local economy.
Situated on the beautiful North shore of Lake Ontario, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton is located 160 km East of Toronto, and 280 km Southwest of Ottawa. The Wing is located within the newly-formed City of Quinte West; the nearest population centre is Trenton, 3 km West of the Base. Belleville is 13 km to the East.
8 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.
Read about the history of 8 Wing Trenton.
- Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut
- 412 Transport Squadron (at Ottawa)
- 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron
- 426 Transport Training Squadron
- 429 Transport Squadron
- 436 Transport Squadron
- 437 Transport Squadron
- Multi-Engine Utility Flight
- 2 Air Movements Squadron
- 8 Air Maintenance Squadron
- 8 Wing Air Reserve Flight
- CC-144 Challenger
- CH-146 Griffon
- CC-130E Hercules
- CC-130J Hercules
- CC-150 Polaris
- CC-177 Globemaster III
- King Air B200
Colonel C. Keiver, MSM, CD
Chief Warrant Officer
CWO D.S. Elder, MMM, MSM, CD
Second World War British airman laid to rest with DND assistance
News Article / March 21, 2017
New satellite will enhance Canadian Armed Forces’ communications capabilities
News Article / March 20, 2017
RCAF supports Vimy Flight Association
News Article / March 17, 2017
436 Squadron trains and wins in Arkansas
News Article / March 17, 2017
Women in aviation: Brigadier-General Frances Allen
News Article / March 15, 2017
8 Wing / CFB Trenton
P.O. Box 1000 Station Forces
Astra, Ontario K0K 3W0
Canada Base switchboard: (613) 392-2811
Wing Community Outreach and Heritage Officer: (613) 392-2811 x3492
Public Affairs Officer(s)
Current Operations: (613) 392-2811 x4565
Strategic Planning: (613) 392-2811 x2041