With so much skill and talent all throughout the Canadian Armed Forces, we often take for granted just how good our people really are. RCAF pilots operate at a world class level, and we have the TOPGUN patch to prove it.
On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Captain Chris ‘LIME’ Swartz graduated from the United States Navy (USN) Fighter Weapons School – Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, more commonly known as TOPGUN.
As part of the virtual graduation ceremony, RCAF Major General Michel Lalumiere was invited to say a few words. He expressed his sentiments that are shared by RCAF leadership – the pride and excitement of Captain Swartz’s success. Thanking the US Navy for their leadership, MGen Lalumiere congratulated the graduates of TOPGUN class 01-21, and commended all participants for their hard work and dedication. He also spoke of the deep relationship shared by Canada and the United States at every level.
Capt Swartz has been in the USA as part of an exchange program with the United States Navy, along with an Air Combat Systems Officer (ACSO). Two additional aircrew – another pilot and an ACSO – are on exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force. The purpose of these exchanges is to get experience with advanced fighter aircraft to help facilitate the introduction of a new fleet in Canada, and is part of a larger exchange program where the RCAF looks to draw experience from our Allies across the range of military capabilities.
During his time in the…