Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Toronto returns from NATO Operation REASSURANCE
Link to External Site / January 19, 2015
HMCS Fredericton Replaces HMCS Toronto in Support of NATO-led Maritime Assurance Measures in the Mediterranean Sea
Link to External Site / January 7, 2015
HMCS Fredericton Deploys on Op REASSURANCE
Link to External Site / December 30, 2014
Canadian Army contribution to NATO assurance measures are completed for 2014
Link to External Site / December 19, 2014
HMCS Fredericton Prepares for Upcoming Deployment as part of Op REASSURANCE
Link to External Site / December 19, 2014
Canadian soldiers participate in Exercise FALCON
Article / December 11, 2014
Minister of National Defence Visits Troops in Poland
Link to External Site / December 9, 2014
Canadian soldiers participate in Exercise COMBINED RESOLVE III
Article / November 21, 2014
HMCS Toronto completes Exercise MAVI BALINA as part of Op REASSURANCE
Link to External Site / November 14, 2014
Toronto on Noble Justification
Article / November 6, 2014
HMCS Toronto completes Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION
Link to External Site / October 26, 2014
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
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed a number of personnel in Central and Eastern Europe as part of NATO assurance measures.
Operation REASSURANCE refers to the military activities undertaken by CAF to support NATO assurance measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.
Canada is a strong supporter of NATO and is committed to doing its part as a member of the alliance. In coordination with its NATO partners, Canada is continually looking for opportunities to contribute to peace and stability in Central and Eastern Europe and planning is ongoing for future activities related to Op REASSURANCE.
There are currently four CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft, along with CAF personnel and other equipment, deployed in Western Europe to maintain a Canadian presence in the region in support of NATO allies and partner nations.
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.
The Air Task Force (ATF) participated in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission from September to December 2014 and was based in Siauliai, Lithuania. ATF Lithuania included approximately 135 personnel, four CF-188 Hornet fighter jets along with a mission support element.
The BAP mission was handed over by Portugal and Canada to Italy and Poland respectively. Although Canada formally handed over its BAP mission responsibilities to Poland, the ATF continued to actively support BAP operations until 5 January 2015, to ensure continuity of operations and to support NATO allies and security partners in the interim transition period.
One of NATO’s roles in peacetime is to preserve the integrity of NATO European airspace and to safeguard NATO nations from air attacks. 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 worked with NATO allies and responded to any intrusions of Baltic air space. 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.
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.
HMCS Fredericton is currently sailing with Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Mediterranean Sea and is tasked with locating, tracking, reporting and boarding vessels that are suspected of involvement in or support of terrorist activities. HMCS Fredericton is a Halifax-class frigate with a crew of 250 personnel of all ranks, including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment.
HMCS Fredericton is the first modernized frigate to deploy as part of the Halifax-class modernization/frigate life extension (HCM/FELEX) upgrade. This includes a new combat management system, new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system, upgraded communications and missiles, as well as a new integrated platform management system.
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 participated in Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR under Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship was 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 participated in various joint NATO training exercises, including Exercises NOBLE JUSTIFICATION, MAVI BALINA and a historic deployment to the Black Sea for Exercise SEA BREEZE. These joint NATO training exercises provided important opportunities to strengthen military-to-military and diplomatic relationships as well as promote shared security principles, defence professionalization and capacity building among the participating nations.
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 deployed to Eastern and Central Europe to take part in a variety of training exercises between May and December 2014. The exercises were designed to develop and enhance interoperability, readiness, joint operations capabilities and multinational responses to potential crises.
Members from Oscar Company, 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment are participating in winter warfare training with US 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment in Lithuania.
Exercise FALCON was an airmobile exercise with Polish soldiers of the 7th Battalion, 25th Air Cavalry Brigade which took place in Nowa Deba, Poland.
Ex IRON SWORD was a multinational exercise in Vilnius, Lithuania where approximately 10 CAF members trained and assessed multinational battalions. Participating nations included Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as well as the United States, Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Ex COMBINED RESOLVE III was 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 participated along with the United States and 19 European countries.
Ex ANAKONDA was a Polish Armed Forces-led joint exercise that involved nearly 12,500 personnel, including 750 soldiers from NATO allied countries (Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Great Britain, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the United States). It took place throughout Poland’s training areas.
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.
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).