HMCS Toronto participates in Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION
Link to External Site / October 14, 2014
Canadian Soldiers Participate in Operation ANAKONDA
Article / October 7, 2014
RCAF participates in Baltic Region Training Event
Article / October 2, 2014
HMCS Toronto completes operations in the Black Sea as part of Operation REASSURANCE
Link to External Site / September 26, 2014
HMCS Toronto makes history in the Black Sea
Article / September 26, 2014
Chief of the Defence Staff visits the Canadian Air Task Force Lithuania
Article / September 23, 2014
Canadian soldiers depart for Operation REASSURANCE in Eastern and Central Europe
Link to External Site / September 22, 2014
Diplomacy at sea
Article / September 19, 2014
HMCS Regina recognized for contributions to NATO reassurance measures upon return home
Link to External Site / September 19, 2014
Land Task Force of Operation REASSURANCE participates in major NATO exercise in Eastern Europe
Article / September 16, 2014
RCAF loads-up Hornets for Baltic Air Policing
Article / September 15, 2014
8 Wing delivers armaments to Air Task Force Lithuania
Article / September 11, 2014
Minister Nicholson Announces HMCS Toronto will operate in the Black Sea during Op REASSURANCE
Link to External Site / September 5, 2014
Hornet crews practice scramble in Lithuania
Article / September 4, 2014
Canada's Land Task Force Participates in Multinational Exercise with NATO Allies
Link to External Site / September 3, 2014
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed a number of personnel in Central and Eastern Europe as part of NATO assurance measures.
The Air Task Force (ATF) is participating in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission from September to December 2014 and is based in Siauliai, Lithuania.
One of NATO’s roles in peacetime is to preserve the integrity of NATO European airspace and to safeguard NATO nations from air attacks. Preserving the integrity of NATO airspace is a collective task. For member nations not having the full range of air defence assets in their own militaries (Albania, Luxembourg, Iceland, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia), agreements exist to ensure a single standard of security within NATO’s area of responsibility.
While participating in the BAP, the ATF works with NATO allies and responds to any intrusions of Baltic air space. NATO announced its plans to increase the number of fighters patrolling over the Baltics as part of the BAP, and accepted Canada’s offer to participate in this augmentation. The countries providing forces as part of BAP are Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal.
While the fighters were unarmed during their training mission in Romania, they have been armed for their participation in the BAP mission. NATO’s Air Policing mission is purely defensive. It is not in response to any specific threat, but rather it is a routine and a fundamental component of how NATO provides security to its members.
The ATF includes:
The CF-188 is Canada's frontline multi-role fighter, and its pilots are trained to perform air defence, air superiority, training, and tactical support missions. CF-188 pilots are trained to engage both aerial and ground targets.
Air Task Force (ATF) Romania conducted interoperability training with NATO allies in Câmpia Turzii, Romania from May to August 2014. Personnel trained with allies in the areas of air defence, air superiority, aerospace testing and evaluation, and tactical support. The ATF included six CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft and about 200 personnel.
The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto is currently participating in Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR under Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Mediterranean Sea. HMCS Toronto is tasked with locating, tracking, reporting and boarding vessels that are suspected of involvement in or support of terrorist activities in the Mediterranean Sea.
HMCS Toronto operated in the Black Sea between 6 and 25 September 2014 with vessels from several partner nations, such as Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. HMCS Toronto led Task Unit 02 (TU.02) of SNMG2. As part of TU.02, both HMCS Toronto and the Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón operated in concert with the Romanian frigate Regele Ferdinand, the American destroyer USS Ross and naval vessels from Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine.
While in the Black Sea, the ship took part in several exercises that focused on interoperability and maritime situational awareness, including:
HMCS Toronto departed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 24 July 2014 and arrived in its area of operations in the Mediterranean Sea on 3 August 2014. HMCS Toronto has a crew of about 250 personnel that includes a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment.
HMCS Regina left her home port of Esquimalt, British Columbia on 6 January 2014 and assumed duties in the Arabian Sea region on 15 February 2014 as part of Operation ARTEMIS. She served with the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) and conducted counter-terrorism and maritime security operations until 30 April 2014, when she was committed to support NATO assurance measures in Europe. She was replaced by HMCS Toronto on 3 August 2014.
Soldiers from the Canadian Army are currently deployed to Eastern and Central Europe to take part in a variety of training exercises between May and December 2014. The exercises are designed to develop and enhance interoperability, readiness, joint operations capabilities and multinational responses to potential crises.
Ex COMBINED RESOLVE III is a U.S. Army Europe-led multinational exercise at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas in Germany. Approximately 100 CAF members are participating along with the United States and 19 European countries.
Ex STEADFAST JAVELIN II was a multinational exercise that took place in five European nations: Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. About 100 CAF members participated in Latvia. More than 1,000 military members from the three Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) as well as Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States participated.
Ex GNIEZNO was a Canadian-led exercise, partnered with Polish troops, aimed at conducting a parachute insertion followed by a reserve demolition guard at secured bridge sites.
Ex PEGASUS KORSARZ was a Canadian-led initiative conducted in the Drawsko-Pomorski training area of Poland. It focused on close-quarters battle training in urban settings and was designed to improve skills such as room entries and clearances.
Exercise SABRE STRIKE is a longstanding American-led training exercise that focuses on command and control and interoperability. The exercise included about 2,000 participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Canada, Finland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Poland and the United States. Approximately 120 Canadian soldiers participated.
Exercise ORZEL ALERT took place in Western Poland. 45 Canadian soldiers participated in training for airborne operations and infantry skills alongside Polish and American allies.
To date, the Government of Canada has deployed 20 CAF operational planning staff to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) staff in Casteau, Belgium. These CAF members reinforce SHAPE staff in operational planning functions and monitor events in the region.
Canada is a strong supporter of NATO and is committed to doing its part to support partner nations. The Canadian Armed Forces are committed to promoting global security and maintaining transatlantic partnerships by providing modern, deployable capabilities and highly trained personnel to allied efforts.
“NATO has truly been the cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic defence and has shaped the architecture of international security. It’s been the model of mutual cooperation and it stands as the finest example of what can be achieved when nations work together and prioritize interoperable, deployable and flexible forces.”
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff
The CAF have been a major contributor to NATO operations and exercises since its founding 65 years ago and is committed to transatlantic unity, security, and stability. Canada continues to provide modern, deployable capabilities to allied missions and highly trained personnel to its command structure. In recent years, Canada has been an active participant in NATO-led missions in Afghanistan, the Balkans (Operation KOBOLD), and Libya (Operation MOBILE).