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Canadian Airborne Regiment

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Canadian Airborne Regiment

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1968-1995

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Established 8 April 1968. Preceded by 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and 1st Special Services Force. Made up of five united and designed as a rapid response strike and defence force. Disbanded 5 March 1995. Assigned to Mobile Command, the Canadian Airborne Regiment was formed on 8 April 1968. The Regiment was tasked as a parachute unit to be held in a high state of alert and operational readiness in order to provide a rapid deployment airborne force capable of supporting several roles, among them, Aid to the Civil Power, defense of Canada, United Nations missions, and limited or general combat operations. The main body of the Regiment was located in Edmonton, however, 1 Airborne Commando less one company was stationed at CFB Valcartier. On 15 July 1977, the Regiment was placed under the command of the Special Service Force and moved to CFB Petawawa. Emphasis remained on maintaining individual parachute and soldiering skills, but after a series of disciplinary scandals arising from the Airborne's 1992-93 peacekeeping mission in Somalia, the unit was disbanded on 5 March 1995. [Description taken from the Canadian Airborne Regiment fonds description held at the National Defence Headquarters Directorate of History and Heritage.]

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