Operations Update – March 2017

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Please note that this page is updated on a monthly basis. The information below was last updated on March 1, 2017.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations monthly update is designed to give 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 | New Brunswick

After a destructive ice storm, the Province of New Brunswick asked for Government of Canada help on January 29, 2017.

About 200 CAF members supported the emergency response to the ice storm in New Brunswick.

Over the course of the operation, the troops surveyed more than 1,100 km of roads, visited 5,400 houses, and delivered eight pallets of water and 34 truckloads of firewood.

On February 6, 2017, CAF members finished assisting New Brunswick’s relief efforts and returned to their home units.

Operation NUNALIVUT | Northern Canada

About 200 CAF members are participating in Operation NUNALIVUT 2017.

The annual surveillance and control operation in the High Artic is taking place this year in Resolute Bay and Hall Beach, Nunavut, from February 23 to March 10, 2017.

Operation NUNALIVUT provides the CAF an opportunity to operate in the northernmost regions of Canada. It enhances the CAF’s capability to respond to a variety of situations in northern Canada.

Operation CARIBBE | Caribbean and Eastern Pacific

Operation CARIBBE 2017 began in late February, with Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Saskatoon conducting patrolling activities.

Early in the deployment, HMCS Saskatoon also participated in a North American Maritime Security Initiative (NAMSI) Exercise with ships from the United States Coast Guard and Mexico’s Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR) to rehearse tactical procedures related to trafficking interdictions.

Operation CARIBBE is Canada’s contribution to Operation MARTILLO, the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.

Operation PALACI | British Columbia

Operation PALACI began on November 29, 2016 and is expected to continue until April 2017.

This season, artillery troops have fired approximately 140 rounds so far.

Operation PALACI is the CAF’s contribution to Parks Canada's avalanche-control program in Rogers Pass. Its objective is to prevent uncontrolled, naturally occurring avalanches, keeping essential road and rail links between British Columbia and the rest of Canada open.

Search and rescue | Across Canada

As of February 28, 2017, the three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres have tasked CAF assets 103 times to conduct SAR operations this year: 18 taskings from Victoria, 39 taskings from Trenton, and 46 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 ARTEMIS | Middle East

From January 30 to February 8, 2017, CAF  members on Operation ARTEMIS deployed to eastern Africa and island nations in the Indian Ocean as part of Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS (CE) 17. CE 17 took place in Djibouti (Djibouti), Port Louis (Mauritius), Mombasa (Kenya) and Antsiranana (Madagascar).

Operation ARTEMIS is the CAF’s participation in counterterrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern waters. In early December 2016 Canada deployed 28 CAF personnel and two Department of National Defence civilian employees to lead CTF 150 until April 2017.

Operation IMPACT | Middle East

As of February 25, 2017, Air Task Force-Iraq has conducted 2,789 sorties*:

CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller conducted 686 sorties, delivering some 40,300,000 pounds of fuel to Coalition aircraft; and

CP-140 Aurora aircraft conducted 725 reconnaissance missions.

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

Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) contribution to the global coalition to dismantle and ultimately defeat Daesh.

Operation UNIFIER | Ukraine

A new serial for small team training began on January 30 and will continue until March 25, 2017. Training is taking place at the International Partnership and Security Centre (IPSC) in Starychi and consists of individual weapons training, moving, communicating, survival, and ethics training.

A course on military chaplaincy training concluded on February 10, 2017. CAF members and Ukrainian religious leaders with military experience worked together to train 22 Ukrainian soldiers over a two-week period. This course took place as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ efforts to develop a chaplaincy model to suit the needs of their diverse society and military.

Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the U.S. and other countries providing similar training assistance.

As of February 2017, Joint Task Force – Ukraine has trained over 3100 Ukrainian soldiers via 90 course serials spanning all lines of effort.

Operation REASSURANCE | Central and Eastern Europe

From January 19 to February 9, 2017, about 100 members of the Land Task Force participated in two Exercises in Poland: BISON DRAWSKO and MAPLE DETACHMENT V. Exercise BISON DRAWSKO trained participants in full-spectrum defensive and offensive joint land operations at the brigade level. Exercise MAPLE DETACHMENT focused on approach, breach, and entry drills in order to defeat simulated enemy forces inside large multi-level buildings.

During a change of command ceremony, Major Jesse Van Eijk assumed command of the Land Task Force on February 25, 2017. Further, a new rotation of troops from 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry took over from 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based at CFB Edmonton, Alberta.

HMCS St. John’s worked and trained in the Black Sea with vessels from several allied and partner nations from January 31 to February 20, 2017.

From February 7 to 10, 2017, HMCS St. John’s participated in the Romanian-led Exercise SEA SHIELD 2017 with NATO Allies and partner states. The exercise was aimed at strengthening international cooperation in the Black Sea.Operation REASSURANCE is the CAF’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

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