Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s returns from NATO Operation REASSURANCE
July 17, 2017 – Halifax, N.S – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s returned home to Halifax, Nova Scotia, today after a successful six-month-long deployment in the waters of the North Atlantic, Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea in support of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Operation REASSURANCE.
HMCS St. John’s recent participation in Operation REASSURANCE is a continuation of a range of military activities undertaken by the CAF to support NATO assurance and deterrence measures and to promote security and stability in the region. It demonstrated solidarity, further established Alliance presence in Europe, and contributed to enhance interoperability within the Alliance and with partner nations.
HMCS St. John’s will be replaced by HMCS Charlottetown later this summer.
“HMCS St. John's and all in the ship's company have served Canada with great distinction in distant waters. We can all be very proud of these fellow Canadians. Whether monitoring conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, helping build new partnerships in North Africa, or undertaking surveillance in far northern waters, these men and women served NATO with professionalism and determination. From the feedback received from NATO commanders and partners at sea, St. John's was indeed a much sought reassurance of Alliance solidarity and readiness on the interconnected seas.”
Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic
“Over the last six months, HMCS St. John’s has demonstrated Canada’s resolve and commitment to the NATO alliance. Whether participating in world class training, conducting full-spectrum maritime operations, or fostering mutual understanding and strengthening relationships with allied nations during port visits, St. John’s contributed to Alliance assurance and deterrence measures throughout. It has been a privilege to command such a positive, hard-working and professional group of shipmates during this deployment. They consistently brought great credit to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Armed Forces.”
Commander Sheldon Gillis, Commanding Officer, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s
During the deployment, HMCS St. John’s conducted operations in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Royal Canadian Navy is proud to represent Canada internationally and to maintain the Government’s commitment to work with our NATO Allies and promote security and stability across the globe. HMCS St. John’s seamlessly conducted joint operations with NATO Allies throughout a deployment that commenced in January 2017.
Canada’s participation in operations such as Operation REASSURANCE serves to enhance the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operational readiness and interoperability with our NATO Allies and security partners, as well as to strengthen NATO’s collective capability to respond rapidly to a variety of operational contingencies around the world.
HMCS St. John’s proved its oceanic-scale agility, repositioning at high speed across thousands of miles into the northern waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Norwegian Sea. Once there, the highly-trained sensor operators of the ship and its embarked helicopter contributed as global leaders in a major NATO demonstration of deep water, undersea surveillance and anti-submarine warfare capability.
HMCS St. John’s supported NATO objectives by patrolling international waters in the Black Sea, off North Africa and along the Syrian coast, confirming a clear increase in foreign military activity.
Standing NATO Maritime Groups are multinational, integrated maritime task groups made up of vessels from various Allied countries. These vessels are permanently available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from exercises to operational missions. They also help to establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support partner engagement, and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing missions.
HMCS St. John’s is a Halifax-class frigate with a crew of approximately 240 personnel of all ranks, including an Enhanced Naval Boarding Party and a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment.
Department of National Defence
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