The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has shortlisted five possible names for the upcoming CC-295 Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue aircraft.
CC-295 is the Canadian designation of Airbus C295 (earlier EADS CASA C-295) twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft selected for RCAF’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program.
The five names shortlisted are:
Canso II: Canso aircraft served with 11 RCAF squadrons during the Second World War. They operated from both coasts and were employed in coastal patrols, convoy protection and submarine hunting. After the Second World War, Cansos served with the RCAF in photo reconnaissance and search and rescue roles until they were finally retired in November 1962.
Guardian: A Guardian is an entity that protects a community under a set of values.
Iris: Iris refers to the faculty or power of seeing. Iris was also the goddess of sea and sky in ancient Greek mythology.
Kingfisher: Found all across Canada, this bird patrols up and down rivers, constantly searching for prey. Within the First Nations of the Northwest, the kingfisher has long been recognized for its speed and agility, as well as its keen searching and hunting skills. A kingfisher was depicted on the 1986 Canadian five-dollar banknote in the “Birds of Canada” series.
Turnstone: Turnstones are one of the migratory marvels of the Arctic bird world. They have been known to fly more than 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) in a single day.
In late 2016, Canada announced that it had selected the Airbus C295W for its FWSAR program. The contract to Airbus includes 16 C295 aircraft and all In-Service Support elements including, training and engineering services, the construction of a new Training Centre in Comox, British Columbia, and maintenance and support services.
The new aircraft will take over the search and rescue duties currently being done by six CC-115 Buffalo and 12 CC-130 Hercules aircraft. They will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
The first RCAF CC-295 aircraft recently performed its maiden flight in Seville, Spain.