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Cyclone helicopter set to touch down at CFB Esquimalt

Work Point landing, takeoff are part a demonstration for the Raven Program
A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter from 12 Wing Shearwater in Eastern Passage, N.S. in June 2020. Residents could see a similar Cyclone take off and land near Work Point on Friday, Aug. 18. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

A Cyclone is set to touch down in Esquimalt Friday.

People in Vic West and Esquimalt and mariners near McLoughlin Point and the Victoria Harbour entrance can expect to hear and see a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter land and take off from Work Point at CFB Esquimalt, on Aug. 18, according to a Maritime Forces Pacific news release.

People accessing the Work Point property can expect temporary traffic rerouting, road closures and loss of parking.

The demonstration is part of a demonstration for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Raven Program.

The national six-week Raven program held at CFB Esquimalt is for Indigenous Peoples from across Canada and designed to build bridges with Indigenous communities offering potential part-time or full-time employment with the armed forces.

Scheduled for 12:30 p.m. the demonstration isn’t expected last more than three hours.

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