USAF Gap Fillers - Labrador/Newfoundland

National Archives of Canada


April 1/61

No 546


I have the honor to refer to Note No 454 of August 1, 1951, from the Canadian Embassy in Washington and my Government's reply of the same date, regarding the extension and coordination of the continental radar defence system within Canada, and to your Government's Note No D-155 of June 13, 1955, and this Embassy's reply of the same date, Note No 255, concerning the construction and operation of certain radar stations in the Newfoundland-Labrador area.

In this connection and in consonance with recent discussions between the United States Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force, it is the desire of the United States Government to reduce certain of these radar operations. In particular, it is proposed that operations at the Baffin Island and Resolution Island aircraft control and warning sites by reduced to communications only, and that Redcliff aircraft control and warning site and the following gap filler radars be inactivated: Elliston Ridge, Fox Harbour, La Scie, Cut Throat Island, Spotted Isle, and Cape Makkovi,.

Accordingly, I have been instructed to seek the concurrance of the Government of Canada to these proposed steps, which it is hoped can be taken concurrently with the activation of the Greenland extension of the Distant Early Warning Line in July of this year.

Accept, Sir, the renewed assurance of my highest consideration.

Embassy of the United States of America
Ottawa, Ontario, April 1, 1961.

The Honorable
Howard C Green, PC, QC, MP,
Secretary of State for External Affairs,