The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) accepted its fifth Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft on 30 March 2015. The aircraft was ordered, because the Ministry of Defence had money left to spend and wanted to do that wisely.
With the arrival the Canada at RCAF Base Trenton in Ontario is “increasing its flexibility to respond to both domestic and international emergencies and support a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, peace support and combat”, writes the Public Relations department of the RCAF. At Trenton the new aircraft with tail number 705 will join the four CC-177s – called C-17A in US Air Force service – already flown by 429 Transport Squadron / 8 Wing.
According to the Canadian MoD the additional Globemaster will extend the life expectancy of the entire fleet by about seven and a half years. Moreover, with the purchase of an additional aircraft, the RCAF is projected to have at least three Globemasters available more than 90 per cent of the time to respond to concurrent international or domestic crises. This represents an increase of approximately 25 per cent.
The current Globemaster fleet has been playing an integral role in ferrying supplies and troops to establish and resupply the Canadian camp in Kuwait during Operation Impact. It has also delivered essential materiel to CF-188 Hornet crews deployed in support of NATO as part of Operation Reassurance and the international response to the Putin regime’s aggression against Ukraine.
The Globemasters are also used to support domestic operations, including more than 75 missions to Canada’s North to deliver 1.5 million litres of fuel, seven million pounds of equipment and 3,120 personnel to locations such as Alert, Iqaluit and Resolute Bay in Nunavut.
The cost for 12 years of integrated in-service support for the additional aircraft is estimated at $30 million.
Source: Royal Canadian Air Force
Featured image (top): The fifth CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force lands for the first time at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, on 30 March 2015 (Image © Corporal Owen W. Budge, 8 Wing / RCAF)