Canadians Train in Romania during Exercise SARMIS
Article / June 5, 2015
HMCS Fredericton Completes Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 2015
Article / June 3, 2015
HMCS Fredericton Air Crew Exchange Personnel with NATO Allies during Op REASSURANCE
Article / May 14, 2015
HMCS Fredericton Participated in Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 2015
Article / May 13, 2015
HMCS Fredericton hosts diplomatic engagement in Casablanca port visit
Article / April 21, 2015
HMCS Fredericton Completes Operations in the Black Sea
Article / April 15, 2015
Canadian Air Task Force in Europe returns home after a successful deployment
Article / April 10, 2015
Canadian Soldiers participated in Exercise ALLIED SPIRIT I
Article / March 18, 2015
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
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.
The threats posed against deployed CAF members vary between geographic locations and change frequently over time. It is essential that the CAF thoroughly assess such threats and implement appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of deployed personnel. The CAF continually adapt these measures, including identity protection efforts, to the specific environment in which our personnel operate. Therefore, the need to protect the identities of deployed CAF members may differ between operations and over time.
HMCS Fredericton joined Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) on 6 January 2015. The ship is tasked with patrolling the Mediterranean Sea to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity. 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.
SNMG2 is comprised of HMCS Fredericton, U.S. flagship USS Vicksburg (CG 69), Turkish ship TCG Turgutreis (F 241), German oiler FGS Spessart (A 1442), Italian ship ITS Aliseo (F 574) and Romanian ship ROS Regina Maria (F 222).
HMCS Fredericton trained with NATO and non-NATO forces to conduct air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, and amphibious operations in a joint multinational environment. Exercise BALTOPS 2015 included 50 maritime units, 61 aircraft, and approximately 700 land force members from 17 NATO and partner nations.
Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE was an Anti-Submarine Warfare training exercise off the coast of Norway. The exercise included 12 warships, 4 submarines, and air assets from NATO and non-NATO forces.
HMCS Fredericton and a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora aircraft participated in Exercise JOINT WARRIOR in the coastal waters off the United Kingdom alongside more than 50 warships from 15 countries. This training exercise provided NATO and non-NATO forces a multi-warfare environment in which to improve interoperability and prepare forces for future combined exercises and operations.
HMCS Fredericton participated in joint NATO training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations in the Black Sea. SNMG2 warships also conducted exercises with the Turkish, Bulgarian and Romanian navies.
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.
In early 2015, an Infantry Company group from N Company of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), comprised of over 200 personnel and 40 vehicles, deployed to Eastern and Central Europe to participate in NATO training. In early March 2015, the troops conducted a rotation where 125 Canadian Army soldiers from 3 RCR departed Canadian Forced Base Trenton. This 3 RCR contingent is part of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG).
The exercises are designed to develop and enhance interoperability, readiness, joint operations capabilities and multinational responses to potential crises.
Exercise SARMIS is a multinational exercise consisting of computer-simulated and field training scenarios. Forces from Canada, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States trained at the Land Forces Combat Training Center in Cincu, Romania. Approximately 190 members of 3 RCR participated in the exercise.
Exercise MOUNTAIN WARRIOR is an annual mountain exercise conducted by Poland’s 25th Air Cavalry Brigade Reconnaissance Company. Approximately 35 soldiers from 3 RCR participated in the exercise in Trzclaniec, Poland.
A team of approximately 45 soldiers from 3 RCR participated in the annual, multinational exercise held at Camp Adazi near Riga, Latvia. This year, more than 1,100 NATO troops trained together in a live fire exercise.
Approximately 45 members of 3 RCR participated in the US-led exercise alongside the Netherlands, Hungary, and Britain at the Hohenfels Training Area in Germany. The exercise trained participants at the brigade and battalion level in a multinational environment.
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).
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 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.
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.
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 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, including: