Operations Update – April 2018

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Please note that this page is updated on a monthly basis. The information below was last updated on April 11, 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 47 times to conduct SAR operations during the month of March.


  • On March 2, 2018, the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CC-115 Buffalo and a CH-149 Cormorant to assist with the medical evacuation of two crewmembers on board a carrier ship who had sustained injuries while on deck due to the weather. The Cormorant hoisted the two patients from the ship and transported them to Port Hardy, British Columbia. The patients were then transferred to the Buffalo and transported to Campbell River where they were met by British Columbia Emergency Health Services.
  • On March 3, 2018, the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CH-149 Cormorant to extract a woman who had been in a snowmobile accident in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and had sustained serious injuries. The Cormorant extracted the patient and transported her to an ambulance at the Goose Bay airport.
  • On March 14, 2018, the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CH-146 Griffon to recover two canoeists who overturned their canoe in rough waters in Brighton, Ontario. The Griffon extracted the two persons from the water and transported them to the Belleville Hospital by ambulance.

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. 

Operation NUNALIVUT | Nunavut

Operation NUNALIVUT 2018 came to an end on March 21, 2018, following three successful weeks of operations near Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay, NU.

Regular and reserve force personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force participated in this operation. They worked with local, territorial, and federal partners to conduct the following:

  • patrols
  • survival training
  • ice diving
  • supporting scientific research

Additionally, on March 4, 2018, five members of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group supporting Operation NUNALIVUT successfully conducted a ground search and rescue of a local man and woman stranded about 80 kilometres outside of Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

Operation NUNALIVUT is a sovereignty operation conducted annually in Canada’s North. It allows the CAF to provide meaningful support to scientific research in the Arctic, and to demonstrate interoperability in the High Arctic with military allies and other Canadian government institutions.

Operation CARIBBE | Caribbean Sea and eastern Pacific Ocean

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Whitehorse and Edmonton are currently patrolling the Eastern Pacific with U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachments on board.

Operation CARIBBE is Canada’s contribution to Operation MARTILLO, a U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) operation responsible for conducting interagency and international operations to facilitate the interdiction of illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons, money, and people.

Operation REASSURANCE | Central and Eastern Europe

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

Enhanced Forward Presence Latvia (eFP)

During the month of March, eFP Battle Group Latvia successfully completed Exercise CLAYMORE FORGED, a joint combined-arms training event. The exercise consisted of a simulated force-on-force conventional fight, and was held at Camp Ādaži.

eFP Battle Group soldiers also began participating in numerous outreach activities, which will continue through the month of April. These include school visits, participation at cultural festivals, and assistance to local volunteer agencies, such as a soup kitchen and an animal shelter.

Maritime Task Force

In March, HMCS St. John’s returned to the Baltic Sea to carry on with assurance operations in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 and it made one port visit in Copenhagen, Denmark. HMCS St. John’s spent 25 days at sea in the month of March and conducted a series of PASSEX with the Latvian, Lithuanian, and Polish navies, building familiarity, relationships, and interoperability between allied ships.

Operation UNIFIER | Ukraine

On March 17, 2018, LCol Fraser Auld assumed command of Joint Task Force – Ukraine from LCol Kristopher Reeves.

As of April 1, 2018, the CAF Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) has trained more than 6350 Ukrainian soldiers. There have been 136 course serials that covered all types of training.

Operation UNIFIER is the CAF mission to support Armed Forces of Ukraine in Ukraine. The operation’s focus is to assist them with military training. 

Operation FREQUENCE | Sahel region of Africa

From February 21 to March 2 2018, a CC-177 Globemaster III flew over 42,819 kilograms of cargo between France and the Sahel Region of Africa.

Operation FREQUENCE is the CAF support to French operations in West Africa. The flights conducted during Operation FREQUENCE support international counterterrorism efforts in the region, helping to strengthen regional and international security and stability.

Operation PROJECTION | Global

From 22 to 27 March 2018, the Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and Summerside took part in in U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s Exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS 2018. The exercise aimed to improve how nations work together to increase safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.

From 5 to 16 March 2018, HMCS Windsor took part in in NATO Maritime Command’s Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2018. The exercise aimed to improve how participants work together, enhancing proficiencies in anti-submarine warfare skills.

Operation PROJECTION is the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing commitment to promoting peace around the world. The CAF is conducting training, exercises, and engagements, and has sailors serving around the world.

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 April 7, 2018, Air Task Force-Iraq has flown 3052rties*:

  • CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller flew 96sorties. It delivered nearly 58 100 000 pounds of fuel to Coalition aircraft; and
  • CC-130J Hercules aircraft flew 807 sorties. It delivered some 4 540 400 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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