For the first time ever a CH-149 Cormorant Search-and-Rescue helicopter has been deployed outside North America, and for the first time the chopper was airlifted by a CC-177 Globemaster III strategic freighter.
Aircrews from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have deployed to Peru to take part in Exercise Cooperación III, a multinational exercise with a focus on disaster relief. It started on 19 April 2014 and ends at 2 May. By moving the big AgustaWestland SAR chopper from 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, to Peru, the RCAF wants to test its ability to response adequate to an international crisis.
The Boeing CC-177 Globemaster, originally named C-17 in American service, of 429 Transport Squadron picked it up coming from its 8 Wing homebase of Trenton, Ontario. A CC-130J Hercules from the same airlift squadron joined in as well, together with air crews of 9 Wing Gander (Newfoundland and Labrador) and 19 Wing Comox (British Colombia). In total 60 RCAF members went south.