Operations Update – August 2017

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Please note that this page is updated on a monthly basis. The information below was last updated on August 4, 2017.

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.

Operation LENTUS | British Columbia and Newfoundland

The Province of British Columbia asked the Government of Canada to help its emergency response to wildfires on July 9. Later that day, the CAF sent aircraft and personnel to British Columbia. Two CC-130J Hercules, two CH-147F Chinook helicopters, and three CH-146 Griffon helicopters are currently deployed.

Following an additional Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP, the CAF sent approximately 225 additional members to British Columbia to assist in the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires. Since then, an additional 35 Canadian Rangers and another 35 reservists have been deployed to the area to provide local knowledge and expertise.

The CAF is conducting the following tasks in support of BC: evacuating locals who are affected by the wildfires; transporting first responders and equipment; delivering essential aid to isolated communities; and assisting the RCMP in providing information to the public and conducting observation and reporting tasks at assigned points along access roads in affected areas.

The CAF continues to assist displaced residents from Mud Lake, Newfoundland, by providing shelter. These people are staying at the military barracks at 5 Wing Goose Bay. The CAF evacuated residents from Mud Lake in May 2017 after severe flooding.

Operation LENTUS is the CAF response to forest fires, floods, and natural disasters in Canada.

Operation NUNAKPUT | Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Operation NUNAKPUT took place from June 26, 2017 to July 20. A group of about 140 Canadian Armed Forces members and employees from other government departments and agencies participated.

Operation NUNAKPUT 2017 consisted of a series of maritime and safety patrols, water and ground reconnaissance, survival training, and a disaster preparation assessment. This year’s operation took place around Great Slave Lake, around Deline, along the Mackenzie River up to Tuktoyaktuk, at Hay River, and on the Nahanni River.

Search and Rescue | Across Canada

In July 2017, CAF assets were tasked for 124 search and rescue missions.


  • On July 13, the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre sent a CH-149 Cormorant to airlift a hiker who fell and was injured while rock climbing near Kelowna, BC. The aircraft airlifted the patient to Kelowna General Hospital.
  • On July 11, the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre dispatched a CH-149 Cormorant to airlift an injured hiker near Saint-Augustine, Quebec, to an awaiting ambulance.
  • On July 17, the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CC-130J Hercules to search for an overdue aircraft. The Hercules located the aircraft and confirmed it had crashed in Dubawnt Lake, Nunavut. CAF search and rescue technicians and regional partners treated two passengers of the crashed aircraft for minor injuries and brought them to Yellowknife.

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 and maritime SAR. 

Operation CROCODILE | Democratic Republic of the Congo

A change of command ceremony was on July 7, 2017. Colonel Cayle Oberwarth assumed command of Task Force Democratic Republic of the Congo from Colonel Pierre Huet.

Operation CROCODILE is Canada’s military contribution to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Operation REASSURANCE | Central and Eastern Europe

From July 13 to 24, 2017, the Land Task Force participated in Exercise SABER GUARDIAN. Under the US Army’s lead, troops from Canada, Greece, Italy, and Romania trained in air mobile and air assault operations in a global context. Exercise SABER GUARDIAN was a US-led exercise taking place in Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. More than 25 000 military members from over 20 ally and partner nations were involved.

On July 14, 2017 Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s ended its successful six-month deployment on Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, and Northern Africa. HMCS St. John’s will be replaced by HMCS Charlottetown in early August.

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

Operation SNOWGOOSE | Cyprus

A change in personnel took place on Thursday, July 20, 2017, for Operation SNOWGOOSE. Operation SNOWGOOSE is Canada’s contribution to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Dating from the beginning of the original U.N. mandate in 1964, Operation SNOWGOOSE is one of Canada’s longest-running overseas missions.

Operation CALUMET | Sinai Peninsula, Egypt

On July 13, 2017, Colonel Michael Sullivan assumed command of Operation CALUMET from Colonel Martin Lipcsey in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

Operation CALUMET is Canada's participation in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an independent peacekeeping operation in the Sinai Peninsula.

Operation IMPACT | Middle East

On July 12, 2017, a CC-130J Hercules flew its first sortie under Operation IMPACT. This new CAF contribution is supporting the movement of Coalition personnel and cargo in the region.

On July 13, 2017, Brigadier-General Steven Whelan assumed the lead of the Global Coalition’s Ministerial Liaison Team in Baghdad, Iraq.

As of July 29, 2017, Air Task Force-Iraq has flown 3,013 sorties*:

  • CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller flew 786 sorties. It delivered some 46,690,000 pounds of fuel to Coalition aircraft;
  • CP-140 Aurora aircraft flew 823 reconnaissance missions; and
  • CC-130 Hercules aircraft flew 26 sorties. It delivered some 130,300 pounds of cargo.

*This total includes 1378 sorties conducted by CF-18 Hornets between October 30, 2014 and February 15, 2016.

Operation IMPACT is the CAF contribution to the Global Coalition to dismantle and ultimately defeat Daesh.

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