Operations Update – February 2018

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Please note that this page is updated on a monthly basis. The information below was last updated on February 14, 2018.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations monthly update is designed to give a current overview of ongoing CAF missions in Canada, North America, and around the world. Every month, the narrative highlights recent developments on ongoing missions, provides information on upcoming exercises and operations, and recaps completed events and initiatives.

Search and Rescue (SAR) | Across Canada

The three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres tasked CAF assets 30 times to conduct SAR operations during the month of January.


  • On January 12, the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CH-149 Cormorant with a medical evacuation. A patient with a serious intracranial condition was transported from St. Anthony, Newfoundland to the St. John’s Health Science Centre.
  • On January 10 the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CH-149 Cormorant to assist in the recovery and transport of an injured hiker in Sowaqua Creek Valley. The patient and accompanying hiker were hoisted and transported to British Columbia Emergency Health Services.
  • On January 9, the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CC-130 Hercules and a CH-146 Griffon to search the area around Lachute, Quebec for a high flyer aircraft. The Hercules and Griffon located the aircraft, provided refuel, and escorted the aircraft back to Lachute.

In Canada, search and rescue is a shared responsibility between government, military, volunteer, academic, and industry groups. The CAF’s main responsibility is providing SAR from the air. It also coordinates the national response for air, ground and maritime SAR. 

City of Toronto RFI - Moss Park Armoury (temporary warming shelter) | Ontario

From January 6 to 29, 2018, the CAF assisted the City of Toronto by opening the Moss Park Armoury for use as a temporary warming centre to ease the strain on the city’s homeless shelter system and to alleviate human suffering among the homeless population within the Greater Toronto Area. Approximately 40 Reservists and six Regular Force Military Police members were on site to ensure the safety and security of CAF equipment and infrastructure.

Operation REASSURANCE | Central and Eastern Europe

Operation REASSURANCE is the CAF contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

Maritime Task Force:

On January 18, 2017, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s replaced HMCS Charlottetown on Operation REASSURANCE. HMCS Charlottetown was deployed for six months with the Standing NATO Maritime Group One. HMCS St. John’s will continue to work with NATO maritime allies as part of NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures.

Air Task Force – Romania:

On December 31, 2017, Air Task Romania completed its four-month mission in support of Block 45 of NATO enhanced air policing in Romania. The members of ATF-Romania were mainly from 2 Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagotville, and 4 Wing, Cold Lake. They were supported by personnel from several other Wings and Bases across Canada. They returned to Canada in early January 2018.

Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Latvia:

On January 15, 2017, Lieutenant-Colonel Sean French assumed command of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Latvia from Lieutenant-Colonel Wade Rutland. Soldiers from eight different nations participated in the change of command ceremony. The ceremony also highlighted the end of the Battlegroup’s first rotation. The second rotation is made up of 450 Canadian soldiers mostly from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment based in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Soldiers from Albania, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Spain also make up the second rotation.

Operation IMPACT | Middle East

Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) support to the Global Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

As of January 27, 2018, Air Task Force-Iraq has flown 3708 sorties*:

  • CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller flew 924 sorties. It delivered nearly 55 100 000 pounds of fuel to Coalition aircraft; and
  • CC-130J Hercules aircraft flew 519 sorties. It delivered some 2 857 700 pounds of cargo.

*This total includes 1378 sorties flown by CF-18 Hornets. They flew between October 30, 2014 and February 15, 2016. It also includes 881 sorties flown by a CP-140 Aurora. It flew between October 30, 2014 and December 11, 2017. For security reasons, we do not communicate the number of sorties flown by the CH-146 Griffon helicopters.

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