Operation MOBILE: National Defence and
Canadian Forces Response to the Situation in Libya
As directed by the Government of Canada, Operation MOBILE (Canada's military response to the crisis in Libya) has ceased operations and commenced mission closure activities as of 1 November, 2011.
Operation MOBILE was the Canadian Forces' participation in Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR, the NATO-led effort to impose on Libya the arms embargo and no-fly zone authorized in U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 of 17 March 2011, which called on the international community to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas in Libya.
Operation MOBILE comprised two task forces deployed in the central Mediterranean region, one based on land and the other at sea. Their combined personnel establishment totaled 630 Canadian Forces members.
On 24 August 2011, with the ship’s last port of Palma de Mallorca already fading into memory, HMCS Vancouver began her first patrol after relieving HMCS Charlottetown of her duties as part of Operation MOBILE. More…
This year has been a year of firsts for the navy, and many of these have been spearheaded by HMCS Charlottetown and her crew. Perhaps the most significant first was the fact that Charlottetown was the first ship since the Korean Conflict to come under fire and engage the enemy during her recent deployment off the coast of Libya. More…
Message from the Minister of National Defence
"As Minister of National Defence, I again reiterate how proud I am, and how proud I believe Canadians are, of our country's military contribution to this mission in Libya. We are fortunate to have such committed soldiers, sailors and air personnel."
"Our men and women in uniform are playing a key leadership role in the enforcement of the international community's will through their significant contribution to the NATO mission. They are positioning Canada as an effective, dependable ally and partner, a reputation that we have enjoyed since our inception. However, most important, they are standing up for the people of Libya who are demanding change and getting support in that change and, In so doing, they are setting the stage for a peaceful future for Libyans and a transition that will occur under their watch."
- Peter MacKay
Operation MOBILE News Room
- Canada Welcomes Hmcs Charlottetown Home From Fighting The Gaddafi Regime
[ Media Advisory - 1 September 2011 ]
- HMCS Vancouver Relieves HMCS Charlottetown Continuing Canada's Efforts Against Libyan Regime
[ News Release - 18 August 2011 ]
- Associate Minister Of National Defence Julian Fantino Visits Canadian Forces Personnel Deployed On Operation MOBILE
[ News Release - 2 August 2011 ]
- Minister MacKay meets with Canadian Forces personnel deployed on Operation MOBILE
[ News Release - 14 July 2011 ]
- HMCS Vancouver Departs For The Coast Of Libya
[ Media Advisory - 7 July 2011 ]