Royal Canadian Air Force, January 28, 2016 - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Moncton and Summerside departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, yesterday to participate on Operation Caribbe 2016.
This marks the start of Canada’s 10th year of contributions to Operation Martillo, the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.
As part of Operation Caribbe 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces contributed four CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, five maritime coastal defence vessels (HMC Ships Brandon, Goose Bay, Nanaimo, Shawinigan and Whitehorse), two Halifax-class frigates with their embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopter (HMCS Winnipeg and Vancouver), and one Iroquois-class destroyer (HMCS Athabaskan) with her two embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopters.
HMC Ships Moncton and Summerside are the first of several Canadian Armed Forces assets that will participate on Operation Caribbe 2016. Throughout the year, 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.
“The Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing success of Operation Caribbe has helped establish great relations and enhanced cooperation with our allies and partners in the region,” said Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, the commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command. “Year after year, our sailors, airmen and airwomen deployed on Caribbe have provided operational excellence, and I trust that we will continue to serve with honour and distinction in 2016.”
HMC Ships Moncton and Summerside will look to follow-up on the success of HMC Ships Brandon and Whitehorse. The ships assisted in the seizure and disruption of more narcotics during a 44-day deployment in the fall of 2015 than any other duo of maritime coastal defence vessels in the history of Operation Caribbe, with a combined total of approximately 9,800 kilograms.
Operation Caribbe is one of the many activities undertaken by the Government of Canada and the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces as part of Canada's broader commitment to engagement in the Americas. This annual operation directly supports the Canadian Armed Forces’ mission to defend against threats and security challenges to Canada, North America, and our defence and security partners.
The Canadian Armed Forces 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.