Canadian Armed Forces members are operating in maritime environments around the world during Operation PROJECTION. They are working to make the world more secure and enhance relationships with Canada’s allies and partners.

During this operation, the CAF is conducting training, exercises, and engagements with foreign navies and other international security partners. The CAF also supports NATO Maritime Command, U.S. Naval Forces, and other allied operations.

The deployment of sailors, ships, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft makes the world more secure and stable. It also shows how the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is ready to defend Canada’s interests around the world. Operation PROJECTION shows Canada’s ongoing commitment to global peace.

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On June 4, 2018, the first group of aircrew, ground crew, and support personnel from 407 Squadron returned home after a month in Kadena, Japan. They supported an international effort to counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling.

On May 29, 2018 members of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Security Team departed from Victoria, British Columbia. They will join HMCS Vancouver in Fiji as part of Operation PROJECTION.

Current deployments


HMCS Vancouver

From April to June 2018, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver is deployed to the Asia-Pacific region. During the deployment, the ship will take part in the United States-led Pacific Partnership 2018. This annual exercise is focused on training participating nations in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region.

During the deployment, the crew of HMCS Vancouver is strengthening relationships with our partners. As well as working with partners, the ship is also conducting port visits. It is also improving the CAF’s ability to plan operations in the region. 

HMCS Vancouver visited Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from May 3 to 9, 2018. During the port visit, Canadian sailors interacted with civilians and local counterparts to promote cooperation and friendship. They participated in outreach activities such as ship tours, school visits, charity event, friendly sports competition, and wreath laying at Sai Wan War Memorial.

HMCS Vancouver visited Singapore from May 16 to 23, 2018. The ship hosted members of the Singapore military and other stakeholders. It also participated in community outreach and charitable activities.

Maritime patrol aircraft

On April 28, the Government of Canada announced that Canada will participate in an initiative to counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling. The CAF deployed a maritime patrol aircraft and approximately 40 personnel to assist in international efforts. They were based in Kadena, Japan.

This effort was separate from other CAF deployments in the region.


From February to June 2018, HMCS Windsor is deployed to the Euro-Atlantic region. From March 5 to 16, 2018, the submarine participated in in NATO Maritime Command’s Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018. The exercise aimed to improve how participants work together and honed their skills in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

HMCS Windsor periodically supported NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN between late February and early June 2018. This operation builds a comprehensive picture of daily activities along the shipping routes in the international waters of the Mediterranean. Operation SEA GUARDIAN aims to maintain a secure and safe maritime environment. It also supports three core NATO tasks: collective defence, crisis management, and cooperative security.

For the rest of its deployment, HMCS Windsor will continue to support NATO naval activities.

West Africa

From January 26 to late April 2018, HMC Ships Kingston and Summerside are deployed to West Africa. From March 22 to 27, 2018, the ships took part in U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s Exercise Obangame Express 2018. The exercise aimed to improve how nations work together to improve safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. It focused on maritime interdiction, as well as visit, board, search, and seizure techniques. Further, an enhanced naval boarding party worked with and mentored partners in the region to help build their capacity in naval boarding and interdiction.

Mission context

The RCN has a long history of deploying around the world in peacetime and during conflicts. In line with “Strong, Secure, Engaged,” Canada’s Defence Policy, Canada’s naval forces work on their own and in support of allied or partner missions. They help keep regions secure and defend Allies and partners if needed.

External Links

Royal Canadian Navy

RCN Canadian Patrol Frigates

RCN Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels

RCN Long Range Patrol Submarines

NATO Maritime Command 

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

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