Canada Department of National Defence, January 27, 2015 - OTTAWA — Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg is patroling in the Eastern Pacific as part of Operation CARIBBE 2015, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.
HMCS Winnipeg’s deployment marks the beginning of several naval and air deployments under Operation CARIBBE scheduled for 2015.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have conducted Operation CARIBBE since November 2006 and remain committed to working with Western Hemisphere and European partners to address security challenges in the region to disrupt illicit trafficking operations.
As part of Operation CARIBBE 2014, the CAF contributed four CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, seven Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (HMC Ships Nanaimo, Whitehorse, Kingston, Glace Bay, Summerside, Brandon, and Yellowknife), one Halifax-class frigate (HMCS Calgary), and one Iroquois-class destroyer (HMCS Athabaskan) with two embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopters.
In total, CAF assets on Operation CARIBBE 2014 directly contributed to the seizure of more than four metric tons of cocaine and more than 500 kilograms of marijuana.
As part of Operation CARIBBE 2015, the Royal Canadian Navy will deploy warships from both the East and West Coasts, while the Royal Canadian Air Force will provide CP-140 Aurora aircraft from various long-range patrol squadrons. These Operation CARIBBE deployments are all in support of Operation MARTILLO, a joint multinational effort led by the United States to eliminate illicit trafficking in the Caribbean Sea, the eastern Pacific Ocean and the coastal areas of the Central American nations.
Operation CARIBBE is one of the many activities undertaken by the Government of Canada and DND/CAF as part of Canada's broader commitment to engagement in the Americas. This annual operation directly supports the CAF's mission to defend against threats and security challenges to Canada, North America, and our defence and security partners.
“Canada has been a resolute partner alongside our allies in addressing security challenges in the Central American region. For nearly a decade, we have remained committed to working with partner nations through Operation CARIBBE, preserving the safety and security of Canadians, and suppressing trafficking in international waters. ”The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence
“The Canadian Armed Forces have seen great success on Operation CARIBBE, with our efforts, year after year, directly contributing to the interception of illicit trafficking in the region. The crew of HMCS Winnipeg, along with all of the sailors, airmen and airwomen who will participate on Op CARIBBE 2015, is well-prepared to uphold the CAF’s reputation as steadfast contributors to continental security.”Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command