Canadian CH-148 loses contact in Mediterranean
The Canadian Armed Forces Operations reported on 29 April that a CH-148 Cyclone (H-92) aircraft lost contact with the HMCS Fredericton whilst partaking in exercises in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Greece.
Both the HMCS Fredericton and the CH-148 were operating in the region as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), which is contributing to Operation Reassurance.
A SAR mission is ongoing and the Canadian Armed Forces has said that it has contacted all primary family members of those involved with the accident.
Canada currently operates 14 CH-148 Cyclone aircraft whilst a further 14 are expected to be delivered. The estimated cost of the acquisition project management, infrastructure and contingency costs is reported by Shephard Defence Insight to be $3.2 billion whilst major in-service support services until 2038 will cost Canada $5.8 billion.
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