2020: Year in Review

December 29, 2020 - Defence Stories


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

It’s been a long and challenging year for Canadians and the Defence Team. We worked to adapt, to pull together, and to find ways to be resilient as our environment shifted in real time. Let’s take a moment to reflect on 2020.




Sub-Lieutenant Amélie Bergeron, Intelligence Officer on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Radisson, listens to songs performed by a resident of Centre d'hébergement Nazaire-Piché in Montreal, Quebec.




Canadian Rangers from the 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2 CRPG) in Nunavik mobilize in support of Operation LASER in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on 3 April 2020.




The sanitary block, including toilets and showers, after renovations in June 2020.



HMCS Harry DeWolf




Seargeant Brigite O’Driscoll.




CAF members load COVID-19 vaccines for distribution.


In Memoriam

This year we tragically lost several members of our Defence family working on Exercises or Operations. We honour and remember their service and sacrifice.

The Crash of Stalker 22
On April 29, 2020, six members of the Canadian Armed Forces were killed when a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed while conducting maritime surveillance operations. The helicopter was deployed with HMCS Fredericton under Operation REASSURANCE as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2. This tragic accident cost the lives of several Defence Team members, including:

CF Snowbirds Accident
On May 17, during a cross-country tour to uplift the spirits of Canadians during the pandemic, a Snowbird crashed in Kamloops, BC. We lost Captain Jennifer Casey.

Wainwright Training Incident
In an accident during a live-fire training exercise at CFB Wainwright on October 30, we lost Cpl. James Choi of the Royal Westminster Regiment.

HMCS Winnipeg Incident
On December 14, Master Sailor Duane Earle went missing while deployed in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg. On December 15, the active search was concluded and he was sadly not found.

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