Operations Update – May 2017

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Please note that this page is updated on a monthly basis. The information below was last updated on May 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 PALACI | British Columbia

Operation PALACI began on November 29, 2016 and ended on April 24, 2017.

The operation was carried out by two rotations of artillery troops. The troops came from 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based out of CFB Shilo, Manitoba, and from various reserve artillery units. They conducted avalanche control with 105-mm C3 howitzers adapted to fit roadside gun platforms.

Operation PALACI is the CAF’s yearly contribution to Parks Canada's avalanche-control program in Rogers Pass.

Operation BOXTOP | Nunavut

Operation BOXTOP began on April 20 and is planned to run until May 6, 2017.  

Operation BOXTOP is a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) mission to fly supplies to Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert. Typically, fuel is delivered in the spring and dry goods in the fall using CC-130J Hercules and the CC-177 Globemaster III cargo aircraft.

Search and rescue | Across Canada

As of April 30, the three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres have tasked CAF assets 316 times to conduct SAR operations this year: 44 taskings from Victoria, 168 taskings from Trenton, and 104 taskings from Halifax.

The CAF works with its partners to provide effective SAR response in the most difficult of conditions across Canada. The Canadian Search and Rescue program is based on cooperation and teamwork as demonstrated by the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian Coast Guard and the network of Federal, Provincial/Territorial governments, civilian organizations and volunteers, and various police forces.

Operation CARIBBE | Caribbean and Eastern Pacific

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Saskatoon completed its deployment on Operation CARIBBE on April 20, 2017.

On April 6, 2017, HMCS Saskatoon assisted the US Coast Guard in seizing 464 kg of cocaine.

On April 13 and 14, 2017, HMCS Saskatoon assisted the US Coast Guard in disrupting an estimated 1500 kg of cocaine. All three events took place in international waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean.  

Operation HAMLET | Haiti 

Operation HAMLET is the CAF’s participation in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, commonly known as MINUSTAH. Task Force Port-au-Prince is the team deployed on Operation HAMLET. It comprises five staff officers serving in senior appointments at MINUSTAH’s military headquarters. The Task Force Commander serves as Chief of Staff to the MINUSTAH Force Commander.

An orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti was awarded a grant of $9775 from the Boomer’s Legacy Fund on April 13, 2017. Task Force Port-au-Prince applied for funding in support of the orphanage, Foyer Action Pour L’Avenir, in early 2017.

Foyer Action Pour L’Avenir currently cares for 10 children between the ages of 6 and 15. Under the grant, the Foyer Action pour L'Avenir received a refrigerator, an oven, a generator, a year’s supply of potable water, 12 bed mattresses, children’s clothing and shoes, and school materials including uniforms and books for each child.

Operation REASSURANCE | Central and Eastern Europe

On April 18, 2017, Canada and Latvia signed a technical arrangement outlining the general principles, conditions and terms of reference for the establishment and operation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia under Canada’s lead. Canada will lead this multinational battlegroup in Latvia as part of Operation REASSURANCE. The technical arrangement was signed during a ceremony conducted in Riga, Latvia, in the presence of His Excellency Alain Hausser, Canadian ambassador to Latvia, and Brigadier-General (retired) Juris Kiukucāns, Executive Secretary for Military Capability Development, Latvian Ministry of Defence.

An infantry company from the Land Task Force participated in Exercise PLATINUM EAGLE 17-2 from April 24 to May 4, 2017. The Romanian Land Forces hosted this exercise in the Babadag Training Area, Romania.

During the exercise, Canadian troops conducted realistic, force-on-force scenarios with allies from Bulgaria, Romania, and the United States. Exercise PLATINUM EAGLE 17-2 also covered topics such as live fire training and obstacle breaching. This training enhanced the ability of NATO allies to work together in combat situations.

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

Operation KOBOLD | Kosovo

On April 27, 2017, the new commander for Operation KOBOLD, Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Mills, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Poudrier during a ceremony at the NATO headquarters in Pristina, Kosovo.

The ceremony marks the transition between rotations of Operation KOBOLD, Canada's contribution to the Kosovo Force (KFOR), the NATO-led peace-support operation working to develop a capable Kosovo Security Force.

Operation ARTEMIS | Middle East

On April 13, 2017, Canada handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to France, completing Canada’s third command of this multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism task force located in the greater Middle East region.

Commodore Haydn Edmundson of the CAF relinquished command to Rear Admiral Oliver Lebas of the Marine nationale during a formal change of command ceremony held at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

Operation ARTEMIS is the CAF’s participation in counterterrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern waters.

Operation IMPACT | Middle East

On April 25, 2017, Lieutenant-Colonel David Coker assumed command of the multinational Operation IMPACT Role 2 Medical Facility. He took over from Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Morin at a ceremony at the medical facility, located in Camp Érable in Erbil, Iraq.

On April 24, 2017, Major Jim Shewchuk of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron assumed command of the Tactical Aviation Detachment. He took over from Major Mathieu Bertrand of 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. This change of command took place at a ceremony at Camp Érable in Erbil, Iraq.

On April 9, 2017, a change of command ceremony was held at Camp Canada for the Air-to-Air Refueling Detachment of Canada’s Joint Task Force-Iraq.

As of April 29, Air Task Force-Iraq has conducted 2,884 sorties*:

  • CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller conducted 726 sorties, delivering some 42,800,000 pounds of fuel to Coalition aircraft; and
  • CP-140 Aurora aircraft conducted 780 reconnaissance missions.

*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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