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Friday, January 30, 2015

Operation CARIBBE 2015

January 30, 2015

It has been announced that HMCS Winnipeg is patrolling the Eastern Pacific as part of Operation CARIBBE 2015. For now HMCS Winnipeg is Canada's contribution to the multinational campaign against international criminal organizations located in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean.

The deployment of the HMCS Winnipeg is just the beginning of Canada's planned deployments under CARIBBE that are scheduled for the 2015 calendar year. This year marks the 9th year Canada has contributed to CARIBBE,  the first deployment beginning in November 2006. This year the CAF will deploy Royal Canadian Navy vessels from both the East and West coasts to the campaign, while the RCAF will provide CP-140 Aurora aircraft from various squadrons.

During the 2014 Operation CARIBBE, Canada contribution was, four CP-140 Aurora aircraft; seven Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (HMCS's Nanaimo, Whitehorse, Kingston, Glace Bay, Summerside, Brandon, and Yellowknife); one Halifax-class Frigate (HMCS Calgary); one Iroquiois-class destroyer (HMCS Athabaskan, with two CH-124 Sea King helicopters). The CAF directly contributed the seizure of more than 4 metric tons of cocaine and 500 kilograms of marijuana.

Operation CARIBBE 2015

IS2009-6638 28 April 2009 Indian Ocean  Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg (forefront), Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and Pakistani Navy maneuver for a photo opportunity together in the Indian Ocean at the conclusion of a two-day joint naval exercise.   HMCS Winnipeg is operating in the Gulf of Aden under Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) to counter acts of piracy and provide security for transiting merchant vessels. Commanded by Commander Craig Baines, the Halifax-class patrol frigate has a crew of approximately 240, including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter detachment.  Canada's participation in SNMG1, conducted under Operation SEXTANT, represents a continuing commitment to international peace and security. HMCS Winnipeg is the 5th Canadian Ship to deploy since 2006 to join SNMG1, which represents a multi-national maritime force capable of conducting missions across a broad spectrum of operations anywhere around the world.  Photo: Warrant Officer Carole Morissette, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
HMCS Winnipeg (Forefront) in the Indian Ocean in 2009 as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1. Image: DND WO. Carole Morissette CF Combat Camera