Canadians deployed on Operation ARTEMIS complete their mission

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Article / April 13, 2017

By: Captain Colette Brake, Public Affairs Officer, Operation ARTEMIS

For the 30 Canadians deployed to Manama, Bahrain, as part of Operation ARTEMIS, April 13, 2017 is a day filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, they are proud of a successful deployment and excited to go home to their loved ones. On the other hand, they are sad to leave the mission and say goodbye to new-found friends from across the globe.

Their mission began on December 8, 2016. Under the leadership of Commodore Haydn Edmundson, who also served as the Commander of Combined Task Force 150, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) team hit the ground running and never looked back. Within days of assuming command, they executed a complex focused operation. They maintained a vigorous pace for the rest of the deployment.

“I am very proud of the Operation ARTEMIS team and how they performed throughout this deployment,” said Commodore Edmundson. “There are always great expectations that come with being a Canadian command and I am proud to say that this amazing team delivered excellence and professionalism that will long be remembered. I will always remember my time in command and will cherish the new friendships I have made with so many professionals from across the globe.”

One of the noteworthy moments from this deployment was when the CAF deployed the Unclassified Remote-sensing Situational Awareness (URSA) system to support Operations ARTEMIS and FOUNDATION. URSA is a mobile, deployable system that allows for the download of satellite imagery directly from commercial satellites. This provides up-to-date situational awareness of the operational theatre.

The information gained by URSA is unclassified, so it can be shared among the 31 nations that make up Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). This makes it a valuable tool in the CMF’s area of operations. This was the first time that URSA has deployed to a theatre of operations. It provided a near real-time ship detection capability and was a success for the CAF team.

According to Commodore Edmundson, one important component of this deployment was the support to Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS 17. This exercise was designed to improve maritime safety and security and promote regional collaboration. Mentors from CTF 150, including Canadians, deployed to Djibouti, Kenya, and Madagascar to train with local and regional partners for this exercise.

As this rotation of Operation ARTEMIS concludes, the deployed CAF members leave knowing they have contributed to an important and noteworthy mission.

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