Operations Update – May 2018

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Please note that this page is updated on a monthly basis. The information below was last updated on May 4, 2018.

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, and recaps completed events and initiatives.

Search and Rescue (SAR) | Across Canada

The three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres tasked CAF assets 63 times to conduct SAR operations during the month of April.


  • On April 15, 2018, the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CH-149 Cormorant with the medical evacuation of a patient exhibiting heart attack symptoms on Langara Island, British Columbia. The Cormorant transported the patient to hospital in Prince Rupert. 
  • On April 15, 2018, the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a CH-149 Cormorant to hoist four persons on board a sinking vessel in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The vessel was being towed when the line parted and the vessel ran into rocks. The Cormorant hoisted the four persons and transported them to the airport in Gaspé, Quebec.
  • On April 24, 2018, the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked a Canadian Ranger, as well as a CC-130 Hercules and CH-146 Griffon to assist with the medical aid of a stranded and injured woman in Attawapiskat, Ontario. The Ranger arrived on scene to assist with medical aid while SAR technicians determined how to safely move the injured person. The Griffon transported the patient to Moosonee to conduct a patient transfer to the Hercules for a medical evacuation to Sudbury, Ontario. The Hercules safely transported the patient to an awaiting ambulance at the Sudbury airport.

In Canada, search and rescue is a shared responsibility between government, military, volunteer, academic, and industry groups. The CAF’s main responsibility is providing SAR from the air. It also coordinates the national response for air, ground and maritime SAR. 

Operation PALACI | British Columbia

On May 1, 2018, CAF artillery troops concluded the 2017/2018 iteration of Operation PALACI in the Roger’s Pass, British Columbia. From November 20, 2017 to May 1, 2018, two rotations of CAF artillery troops served on Operation PALACI in Rogers Pass in support of Parks Canada. The troops were mainly from 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery with reinforcement from reservists across the country.

Operation PALACI is the CAF support for the Parks Canada program to control avalanches in Rogers Pass, British Columbia. The goal of the mission is to stop avalanches from occurring naturally.

Operation CARIBBE | Eastern Pacific Ocean

In the month of April, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Whitehorse and Edmonton completed their deployments on Operation CARIBBE. Since the end of February 2018, the ships assisted the United States Coast Guard to seize or disrupt close to 3,000 kg of cocaine during three separate interceptions. This occurred in the eastern Pacific Ocean. In total, the two ships traveled 21,950 nautical miles.

Operation CARIBBE is Canada’s contribution to Operation MARTILLO, a U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) operation responsible for conducting interagency and international operations to facilitate the interdiction of illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons, money, and people.

Arctic Security Forces Roundtable | Halifax, Nova Scotia

From May 1 to 3, Canada hosted the Arctic Security Forces Roundtable in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Created in 2011, the ASFR seeks to promote regional understanding, dialogue, and cooperation within the Arctic nations. It brought together military and government leaders from seven Arctic states and four partner nations that are key to conducting operations in the Arctic. There were also academics who specialize in defence and the Arctic.  

During the ASFR, partners discussed threats, challenges, and opportunities in the Arctic, as well as conducting operations and building relationships with Indigenous peoples.

Operation REASSURANCE | Central and Eastern Europe

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

Enhanced Forward Presence Latvia (eFP)

eFP BG Latvia soldiers also participated in Exercise CLAYMORE KNOCKING from April 19 to 29, 2018. The Urban Operations training exercise took place in Camp Ādaži and the abandoned military town of Skrunda, a former Soviet military base. The exercise saw Canadian, Italian, Spanish and Polish companies joined by British soldiers conduct company-level attacks on enemy positions in an urban area. It provided an opportunity to train and practice in both close quarters and building-clearing drills.

As part of Earth Day on April 28, 2018, soldiers from the Battle Group worked together in multinational platoons to help clean up efforts in four towns located in the south-western region of Latvia. The Battle Group participated in this annual nation-wide cleanup event to support the Latvian goal of making the country the cleanest in the European Union.

Canadian soldiers from eFP BG Latvia participated in Exercise CLAYMORE SOARING from April 4 to 6, 2018 in the Meza Mackavici Training Area in southeast Latvia. The air mobility training exercise saw Spanish, Canadian and Italian infantry companies patrolling and conducting raids on opposing force positions.

Maritime Task Force

Along with other members of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG 1), HMCS St. John’s participated in Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 18 in the vicinity of the Northwest Coast of Scotland from April 23 to May 3, 2018. Exercise JOINT WARRIOR is the largest military exercise in Europe. It is a UK tri-Service multinational exercise that involves numerous warships, aircraft, marines and troops and with active participation of allies, including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, USA, and other partner nations.

After its rest and maintenance period in Denmark, HMCS St. John’s rejoined SNMG 1 on April 12, 2018 and proceeded north of Copenhagen to the Royal Danish Navy’s MULTEX Training Range to conduct several days of warfare and gunnery exercises with the task group.

Operation PROJECTION | Global

On 17 April, 2018, HMC Ships Kingston and Summerside completed their deployment on Operation PROJECTION.

On April 3, 2018, HMCS Vancouver deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to participate in the United States-led Pacific Partnership 2018. This annual exercise is focused on training participating nations in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region.

On April 28, the Government of Canada announced that Canada will participate in an initiative to counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling. The CAF deployed a maritime patrol aircraft and approximately 40 personnel to assist in international efforts. They are based in Kadena, Japan. This effort is separate from other CAF deployments in the region.

Operation PROJECTION is the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing commitment to promoting peace around the world. The CAF is conducting training, exercises, and engagements, and has sailors serving around the world.

Operation KOBOLD | Kosovo

On April 20, 2018, Commander A. Thys assumed command of Task Force Pristina from Lieutenant-Colonel J.P. Ouellet in Pristina, Kosovo. In addition to leading the CAF contingent, Commander Thys will also assume the role of Chief of the Joint Logistics Operation Centre in the Joint Logistics Support Group.

Operation KOBOLD is the CAF contribution to the NATO-led Kosovo Force. KFOR’s mandate is to maintain a safe and secure environment in Kosovo and freedom of movement for all.

Operation IMPACT | Middle East

Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) support to the Global Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

As of April 28, 2018, Air Task Force-Iraq has flown 4146 sorties*:

  • CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller flew 990 sorties. It delivered nearly 58 200 000 pounds of fuel to Coalition aircraft; and
  • CC-130J Hercules aircraft flew 897 sorties. It delivered some 5 092 100 pounds of cargo.

*This total includes 1378 sorties flown by CF-18 Hornets. They flew between October 30, 2014 and February 15, 2016. It also includes 881 sorties flown by a CP-140 Aurora. It flew between October 30, 2014 and December 11, 2017. For security reasons, we do not communicate the number of sorties flown by the CH-146 Griffon helicopters.

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