Operation LENTUS 2020

February 7, 2020 - Defence Stories

From January 19 to 28, 2020, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) supported the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador after a major snowstorm led to states of emergency in several communities.

Approximately 380 soldiers, sailors and aviators helped with:

CAF members completed a total of 863 tasked assigned by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre. The majority of tasks required shovelling assistance, which helped 111 residents with medical needs, and 660 tasks that improved mobility for residents. There was a variety of 92 other tasks completed to assist Newfoundland and Labrador.

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  • 4 Regt (GS) Gunners, with the support of the RCAF, are on the way to help the people of Newfoundland for Op LENTUS 20-1. Credit: 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support)
  • Corporal Albert, 4 Engineer Support Regiment at CFB Gagetown, prepares his equipment for Canadian Armed Forces Operations Op LENTUS, launched in support of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador following an unprecedented winter storm. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • The 1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment is mobilizing as part of relief efforts in NL.Their soldiers are hard at work digging out equipment, to assist the local government agencies and citizens. Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • The 1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment is mobilizing as part of relief efforts in NL. Their soldiers are hard at work digging out equipment, to assist the local government agencies and citizens. Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • CAF members from the Royal Canadian Air Force make preparations for a CH-149 Cormorant and crew from 9 Wing Gander to deploy for #OpLENTUS in support to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador following an unprecedented winter storm. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • How many soldiers can fit in a bus destined to help their fellow Canadians in St. John’s, Newfoundland? Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • After arriving from CFB Gagetown Reserve & Regular Force, CAF members load equipment onto a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules before departing for Newfoundland. Our Canadian Armed Forces members are Strong, Proud and Ready to support Canadians during domestic operations. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • After arriving from CFB Gagetown Reserve & Regular Force, CAF members load equipment onto a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules before departing for Newfoundland. Our Canadian Armed Forces members are Strong, Proud and Ready to support Canadians during domestic operations . Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • The 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment is now out, helping those in need. If you see them, don't hesitate to say Hello! Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • Following an incredible snow storm in Newfoundland, our Canadian Armed Forces members have made it out and have begun assisting those in needs, doing house checks and helping with snow removal during Canadian Armed Forces Operations Op LENTUS. We are here to aid our fellow Canadians in their time of need. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • Following an incredible snow storm in Newfoundland, our Canadian Armed Forces members have made it out and have begun assisting those in needs, doing house checks and helping with snow removal during Canadian Armed Forces Operations Op LENTUS. We are here to aid our fellow Canadians in their time of need. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • Following an incredible snow storm in Newfoundland, our Canadian Armed Forces members have made it out and have begun assisting those in needs, doing house checks and helping with snow removal during Canadian Armed Forces Operations Op LENTUS. We are here to aid our fellow Canadians in their time of need. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • Newfoundland residents are happy to see our Canadian Armed Forces troops out, helping those in need following a snow storm. We are here to help the province in their time of need through Op LENTUS.  Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • Newfoundland residents are happy to see our Canadian Armed Forces troops out, helping those in need following a snow storm. We are here to help the province in their time of need through Op LENTUS.  Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • After arriving at Bell Island, our teams got straight to work, and even had a surprise for the younger residents of the island: treats! Lots of snow-clearing and wellness checks later, here are a few images from their trip! Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • After arriving at Bell Island, our teams got straight to work, and even had a surprise for the younger residents of the island: treats! Lots of snow-clearing and wellness checks later, here are a few images from their trip! Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • After clearing out some exceptionally deep snow, finally enabling residents to exit their home, members of 2 Platoon pose for a quick picture before moving on to the next task! Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • After having to use his window to exit his home, and his bathtub to store excess snow, this resident was relieved to have The Royal Newfoundland Regiment come to assist with clearing safe access. Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • Our members cleared 2 buried apartments this afternoon in the West End of St John's, with assistance from a neighbour. Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • Parents were quick to ask for pictures of our members with the local youth during relief efforts. Credit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
  • We have seen the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army in action, but the Royal Canadian Navy is also taking part in Canadian Armed Forces Operations #OPLENTUS in support of the Province of Newfoundland. Members of HMCS Cabot / NCSM Cabot also aided residents in need. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
  • We have seen the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army in action, but the Royal Canadian Navy is also taking part in Canadian Armed Forces Operations #OPLENTUS in support of the Province of Newfoundland. Members of HMCS Cabot / NCSM Cabot also aided residents in need. Credit: 5th Canadian Division
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