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Friday, July 7, 2017

Change of Command for Operation CROCODILE

DND Press Release

A change of command ceremony was held today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for Operation CROCODILE as Colonel Cayle Oberwarth assumed command of Task Force DRC from Colonel Pierre Huet.
Outgoing Commander, Col. Pierre Huet (left), and incoming Commander Col. Cayle Oberwarth (right), signed the transfer of authority documents on July 7, 2017, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the command of Op CROCODILE.
Operation CROCODILE is Canada’s military contribution to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

The Canada Armed Forces (CAF) personnel deployed on this mission represent a positive and impartial presence in the DRC and provide credible and professional support to the UN monitoring presence which promotes security and stability in Africa.

Colonel Cayle Oberwarth, Incoming Commander, is honored by the opportunity to command Canada's military contribution to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He and his highly trained and motivated colleagues are ready to face the challenges and opportunities of this mission. In the footsteps of their predecessors, they look forward to maintaining their commitment to the United Nations and to working with their allies to maintain a safe and secure environment in this region of Africa.

Colonel Pierre Huet, Outgoing Commander, Task Force Democratic Republic of the Congo, was extremely proud to have led this team of professional and dedicated Canadian Armed Forces members over the past year. He leaves this mission with a great sense of accomplishment and salutes the achievements of the deployed personnel on Op CROCODILE in support of peace and security in the region

As commander of Task Force Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colonel Oberwarth commands nine CAF personnel with expertise in operations, liaison, and planning. They are employed at MONUSCO Headquarters in Kinshasa and the forward headquarters in Goma.

Canada continues to support UN peacekeeping efforts and has been actively involved in ensuring security and stability in the Congo region since 2000.

MONUSCO’s mandate is to protect civilians from threats of physical violence, while working with the local government and international actors to strengthen the Congolese government’s capacity to deliver justice and security for its people.

MONUSCO is a peacekeeping mission under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter authorized to use armed force, if necessary, to protect civilians threatened with physical violence. It is also charged with contributing to the improvement of security conditions.

As of May 31, 2017, MONUSCO mission strength stood at 16,436 soldiers in formed units, 481 UN Military Observers, 2,329 police officers, 791 UN civilian employees, 2,525 locally engaged staff, and 389 UN volunteers.