Current Operations – as of March 4, 2014

Article / March 27, 2014

The following table shows the number of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members currently deployed on each continental and expeditionary operation. The approximate total does not include the hundreds of CAF members who conduct and support search and rescue operations across Canada.

In addition, there are dozens of other CAF members who support deployed operations by manning and supporting operational support hubs (OSHs) in Germany and Kuwait. CJOC maintains OSHs in overseas locations to facilitate the movement of people, materiel, equipment and supplies to and from the various theatres of operations where its task forces are deployed.

These figures represent the number of personnel authorized for each deployed task force.

Current as of March 4, 2014: 

RegionOperations (14)Number of personnel 
Canada and North America Op CARIBBE approx. 250
NATO and Europe

Op KOBOLD (Kosovo)

Op SNOWGOOSE (Cyprus) 1
Latin America and Caribbean Op HAMLET (Haiti) 7
Asia Pacific Op ATTENTION (Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif) approx. 100
Middle East and Africa

Op ARTEMIS (Arabian Sea Region)

approx. 250

Op CALUMET (Egypt)


Op FOUNDATION (US, Bahrain, Qatar)


Op GLADIUS (Golan Heights)


Op JADE (UNTSO Headquarters, Jerusalem – three observation posts)


Op PROTEUS (Jerusalem / West Bank)




Op SATURN (Darfur)


Op SOPRANO (South Sudan)


Approx. Total   713


Search and rescue | Continental operations, across Canada

In February, CAF assets were tasked to assist 45 times to conduct search and rescue (SAR) operations: 19 times in Search and Rescue Region (SRR) Victoria, 11 times in SRR Trenton and 15 times in SRR Halifax.

In Canada, SAR is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial/territorial and municipal organizations, as well as air, ground and maritime volunteer SAR organizations. The primary SAR responsibility of CAF is the provision of aeronautical SAR and the coordination of the aeronautical and maritime SAR system. CAF resources may also assist in ground SAR efforts, medical evacuations and other humanitarian incidents if asked and when available. CAF maintain a high standard of service in SAR operations: the response is always immediate, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

For more information about search and rescue in Canada, please visit:

Northern Strategy | Continental operations, across Canada

Through annual operations in the North, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) foster whole-of-government partnerships, demonstrate sovereignty in the region and enhance the interoperability amongst northern partners.

The Canadian Armed ForcesCAF activities in the North exercise Canada’s sovereignty in the region through by providing a military presence, conducting surveillance and search and rescue operations, and supporting other government agencies. CAF activities are part of the broader Canadian Government’s Northern Strategy.

Northern operations take place in conjunction with other federal, provincial, and territorial government agencies, and, as such, are key to developing stronger relations with local authorities and indigenous populations. Canada’s North is becoming more accessible to economic development, trade, tourism, and resource exploitation. Thus, there is a greater need to build the collective capability to advance safety and security in the region.

The Canada-U.S. Tri-Command Framework for Arctic Cooperation, regrouping NORAD, U.S. Northern Command and CJOC, seeks to improve unity and cooperation among Commands in critical areas. Canada also participates in the Arctic Council with seven other member states to strengthen cooperation and the ability to respond to emergencies in the Arctic. In the coming months, CJOC will highlight specific operations, exercises, events and activities pertaining to the Canadian Armed Forces operating in the Arctic as part of the overall Northern Strategy.

Canadian Space Operations Centre | Continental Operations, across Canada

The Canadian Space Operations Centre (CANSpOC) has become integral to supporting Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations in just eighteen months since it was stood up. The centre has a twenty-four hour watch of the Canadian Space Operations Cell. It features a systems tool kit consisting of software that allows CANSpOC to monitor satellites in space.

Space is a part of the global commons, an area like international waters that is beyond national boundaries. Cooperation with national and international partners is necessary to track space activity and protect the shared space environment.

A recent agreement signed by Canada and the United States formalized a partnership to share data on orbiting space debris. It enhances cooperation between the Canadian Joint Operations Command Space Operations Cell and the Joint Space Operations Centre in the United States.

Space is already a highly congested environment. Each collision between space vehicles can add thousands of objects, thereby increasing the likelihood of other collisions.

For the Canadian Armed ForcesCAF, preventing collisions is paramount in reducing the threat to Canadian space capabilities – assets that are integral to operations such as telecommunications, weather satellites and global positioning systems.

The partnership between Canada and the United States comes from the mutual understanding that there are not enough resources for one country to individually track everything in space. In addition to the United States, Canada has important relationships with Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand for space domain awareness.

Operation DISTINCTION | National Commemoration events, across Canada/North America

Operation DISTINCTION is a series of commemorative events designed to honour Canada’s proud military history, from the forging of an identity during the War of 1812 to the military excellence achieved during the Wars wars of the 20th century and the unprecedented changes that have occurred during contemporary global endeavours. Commemorative events began in 2012 and will continue until 2020 across Canada and in key international locations.

Over the next seven years, Canada will commemorate a range of significant military anniversaries and achievements. All planned events will fall under the following three themes:

  • The Nation Takes Shape theme traces the military lineage of modern day units. Signature commemoration parades in 2013 and 2014 celebrated Canada’s success and developing identity during and after the War of 1812;
  • Major Wars of the 20th Century highlights honours from the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. The National War Memorial will be rededicated on 4 August 4, 2014, to launch the First World War commemorative events. 2015 will see the 100th anniversary of 2nd Ypres in April and the 70th anniversary of VE Day in May; and
  •  The New Security Order includes Canada’s support to major UN peacekeeping missions, and to NATO and Coalition deployments to Bosnia, Libya, and Afghanistan. As the mission in Afghanistan comes to a close in March 2014, a range of events to celebrate the achievements and commemorate the fallen will take place starting with the Flag Lowering Ceremony in Kabul on 12 March 12, 2014.

The Afghan Military Vigil will be available for public viewing in cities across Canada as well as in Washington D.C. in 2014. It marks over a decade of CAF service in Afghanistan and commemorates the 161 fallen Canadians and 40 fallen Americans who served bravely under Canadian Command.

For more information on Op DISTINCTION, please visit:

Canadian Armed Forces Legacy in Afghanistan | Expeditionary Operations, Southwest Asia

A flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul in mid-March will mark the end of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations in Afghanistan. The CAF have conducted operations in Afghanistan for more than 12 years in a number of different roles involving air, land and sea assets. CAF activities included combat, security, development, support and training operations in varying capacities and regions in Afghanistan.

More recently, CAF members deployed on Operation ATTENTION filled key advisory positions and oversaw training across every facet of modern military operations, including ranging from logistics, recruiting, personnel management, literacy, medical, and public affairs. There are currently about 100 CAF members still in Afghanistan as part of Operation ATTENTION. Some provide training and advice at the ministry and senior levels within the ANSF, while others continue to pack equipment and prepare the remaining personnel for their eventual return in March 2014.

Since October, members of Op ATTENTION Roto 3 have been returning to Canada upon completion of their mission, which has seen Afghan national security forces (ANSF) assume greater responsibility over activities in their country.

The draw-down of the training mission and redeployment of personnel and equipment has have been synchronized with the planning efforts of the NATO International Security Assistance Force to ensure a smooth transition of positions and tasks, while meeting the Government of Canada’s expectations in terms of timelines and costs.

The redeployment of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops will continue to gain momentum throughout Afghanistan in 2014 as Afghans increasingly take ownership of their security. This will be a landmark year for Afghans as responsibility for security will transition entirely from ISAF forces to Afghan authorities by the end of 2014.

Throughout 2014, the Government of Canada and the DND/CAF will conduct activities to recognize and commemorate all of the work and sacrifices Canadians have made in Afghanistan.

For more information about Canadian Armed Forces operations in Afghanistan, please visit:

Operation ARTEMIS | Expeditionary operations, Arabian Sea region

HMCS Regina arrived in theatre on15 February 15, 2014, relieving HMCS Toronto on Operation ARTEMIS. On their its way to the Joint Operations Area (JOA), HMCS Regina visited several ports, including Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Guam; Manila, the Philippines; Singapore; and Male, Maldives.

The Singapore port visit was part of the Canadian Armed Forces/Royal Canadian Navy Strategic Diplomatic Engagement plan designed to increase engagement in the Asia Pacific. These visits encourage collaborative and cooperative responses to perceived threats such as border conflicts, fragile states, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, transnational criminal networks, and human and drug trafficking.

The ship recently concluded a port visit to Victoria, Seychelles, where they met with representatives from Combined Task Force 150 and finalized preparations to conduct its assigned mission in the JOA. The ship is now conducting operations at sea in its designated area of operations.

For more information on Op ARTEMIS, please visit:

Operation CARIBBE | Continental Operations, Caribbean basin and the eastern Pacific Ocean

Operation CARIBBE is the Canadian Armed Forces’ recurring contribution to Operation MARTILLO, a joint effort by nations of the Western Hemisphere and Europe to disrupt illicit trafficking in the Caribbean basin and Central America.

The efforts of the CAF and partner nations play a role in combating transnational criminal organizations to sustain regional and domestic security. These organizations use the area for illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons, money and people, all of which are large sources of revenue to support organized crime. The operation is designed to deny these groups air and maritime access to the coastal regions of Central America.

CAF air and navel assets patrol international waters to detect, identify and track aircraft and vessels of interest. Their security role allows the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct law enforcement operations on suspicious vessels.

The mid-February departure of two Kingston-class maritime coastal defence vessels (MCDVs), HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Whitehorse, marked the beginning of several deployments by the Royal Canadian Navy to support Op CARIBBE in 2014. Additionally, the Royal Canadian Air Force will continue to provide CP-140 Aurora aircraft from various long-range patrol squadrons.

The CAF have conducted Op CARIBBE since November 2006 and remain committed to working with international partners to address security challenges in the region.

Operation CALUMET | Expeditionary Operations, Sinai Peninsula

Operation CALUMET is Canada’s participation in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an independent peacekeeping operation in the Sinai Peninsula.

There are currently 28 CAF personnel deployed on Op CALUMET with Task Force El Gorah. They are based at MFO North Camp, in El Gorah, Egypt. The Canadian contingent provides the MFO with experts in logistics, training and engineering. In addition, there is a flight-following unit deployed to the region that receives position reports from MFO aircraft, transmits flight plans, distributes weather reports and issues traffic advisories.

Canada has continued to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East for over 50 years. Next month, newly promoted Major-General Denis Thompson of the Canadian Armed Forces will assume his duties as force commander for the MFO. He will succeed Major-General Warren Whiting of the New Zealand Defence Forces. His duties will include managing the organization tasked with supervising the implementation of security provisions in the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and preventing the violation of its terms.

MGen Thompson’s previous postings include serving as NATO’s commander of Task Force Kandahar in 2008 and as commander of Canadian Special Operations Command since April 2011.

The last time a CAF general officer was appointed force commander for the MFO was from 2001 to 2004.The nomination of MGen Thompson indicates Canada’s continued valuable commitment to the MFO, which is made up of over 1,600 personnel of army, air and naval components from over 13 countries.

For more information about Op CALUMET, please visit:


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