1960 - 1969
and the R.M.
Joint Air Photo Interpretation School closed in 1960 and its personnel
merged with the Air Photo Interpretation Centre at RCAF Station
Rockcliffe (Ontario) who became fully responsible for training
The railway icehouses was demolished. The final steam locomotived
passed thorugh the yeards.
- beginning of two-way radio radio communication between train crews
As a practical example of service integration, the
Canadian Joint Air
Training Centre at Rivers,
Manitoba, is living proof that the colour of the uniform a man wears is
really immaterial when it
comes to getting the job done. Permanent strength of 800 servicemen at
CJATC is about one-half
RCAF and one-half Army. Except for two months each summer when naval
jet squadrons come to
Rivers for tactical exercises, RCN strength is only a token force
— but "blue jobs" and "brown jobs"
- CN Coal Dock demolished, rails that once served the car department
and other services were lifted.
- roundhouse sold to Rivers Structural Fabricators
- with the closing of the Saskatoon Flying
School – personnel
were transferred to Rivers.
In December 1963, No.1 Transport Helicopter Platoon (No.1 THP), a unit
of the Royal Canadian Army Services Corps, was established at Rivers,
along with their fleet of CH-113A Voyageur transport helicopters and on
CH-112 Nomad. The platoon’s function was to support the Army on
408 Tactical Fighter Squadron, whose primary
reconnaissance and weapons delivery, moved to Rivers in 1964 from RCAF
Station Rockcliffe (Ontario) and remained until disbanded on April 1st
No.1 THP moved to RCAF St.Hubert in 1966 and also
detachment at RCAF Station Namao (Alberta).
The Canadian Forces were unified and an era of budget
Rivers was declared surplus to defence needs, as were several other
bases across the country