Joint Logistics efforts contributes to the success of HMCS Charlottetown

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Article / December 5, 2016

By: Lieutenant (Navy) Elizabeth Eldridge, HMCS Charlottetown Logistic Officer

Logistics can truly be considered as both an art and a science. Regardless of the size and scope, this support is invaluable during Operation REASSURANCE: it ensures that both HMCS Charlottetown and its crew are ready to proceed to sea to continue supporting our NATO Allies and providing a presence in the Mediterranean Sea.

There is no better example of logistics being harmoniously executed than during the recent rest and maintenance period (RAMP) of HMCS Charlottetown.

Throughout the planning, execution, and conclusion of the RAMP, logistics was at the forefront of each and every activity. The support provided encompassed receiving, transporting, staging, and returning cargo, coordinating port services and de-confliction of activities with host nation entities, providing administrative and financial services to the crew, coordinating morale and welfare activities, and ensuring that the crew was well fed with three square meals each day.

The highlight of the RAMP period was the support provided by a CC-177 Globemaster III in the delivery of ammunition, weapons, and cargo to the tune of 59,158 lbs, which arrived in Marseilles, France. The cargo was then transported to Toulon, France, where HMCS Charlottetown was at port. 

The keys to success are communication, planning, and flexibility. The orchestration of an activity of this scope requires multiple teams working together in close coordination. These teams include the Forward Logistics Site to HMCS Charlottetown, local husbanding agents, port authorities and liaison officers, customs officials, ashore headquarters of Canadian Joint Operations Command, Maritime Forces Atlantic and Canadian Forces Base Halifax Base Logistics, Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot Angus, the Royal Canadian Air Force and 2 Air Movements Squadron in Trenton, and of course the logistics team aboard HMCS Charlottetown.

This activity shows the success of joint operations. HMC Ships are self-supporting and self-sufficient due to the nature of their operational environment; however, the monumental task of supporting a RAMP involves a broader spectrum of the Canadian Armed Forces team coming together to support the mission.

HMCS Charlottetown is currently deployed on Operation REASSURANCE in support of NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations, and assigned NATO tasks. Charlottetown has a crew of approximately 250 personnel of all ranks, including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment.

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