HMCS Charlottetown concludes her mission on Operation REASSURANCE

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January 18, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown is being replaced by HMCS St. John’s on Operation REASSURANCE following a successful six-month deployment as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1).

HMCS Charlottetown joined SNMG1 in August 2017, sailing in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. She participated in two major exercises: Exercise NORTHERN COAST 17 in the Baltic Sea and Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 17 in the Mediterranean Sea. These exercises further strengthened the Allied nations’ abilities to combine international assets in order to effectively conduct combined maritime operations.

HMCS Charlottetown also supported NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN from September to December 2017. Through Operation SEA GUARDIAN, HMCS Charlottetown contributed to supporting a safe and secure environment for civilian vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea with the goal of facilitating economic activities within the region. The ship hailed 82 vessels in support of the NATO operation, contributing to overall maritime security in the Mediterranean Sea.

Operation REASSURANCE refers to the Canadian Armed Forces’ activities in support of NATO assurance and deterrence measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.


“Working alongside ships from other NATO member countries, HMCS Charlottetown has contributed to NATO’s operational capabilities in the region, and has represented the very best of the Royal Canadian Navy. HMCS Charlottetown’s officers and crew have worked tirelessly to enhance NATO’s forward-deployed presence, knowing that HMCS St. John’s will continue to achieve operational success under the NATO flag.”

—   Commander Nathan Decicco, Commanding Officer, HMCS Charlottetown

"We have been training hard for the past several months in preparation for Op REASSURANCE and the crew is well prepared for the challenges that lay ahead. The entire ship’s company and I are excited to join our Allies and we are ready to continue the great work that HMCS Charlottetown accomplished during her time with NATO alongside our Allies, and we are looking forward to continuing to strengthen international and regional stability.”

—   Commander Gord Noseworthy, Commanding Officer, HMCS St John’s

Quick Facts

  • During her six-month Operation REASSURANCE deployment, HMCS Charlottetown has worked closely with 13 navies and visited 11 ports in seven countries.

  • This deployment was HMCS Charlottetown’s second rotation on Operation REASSURANCE. She first deployed on Operation REASSURANCE from June 2016 to January 2017.

  • During this deployment, HMCS Charlottetown participated in Exercise NORTHERN COAST 17 in the Baltic Sea from September 16 to 26, 2017. This year it included naval forces from 16 nations, all of whom took part in various simulated training serials in order to enhance their ability to meet present and future security challenges in the maritime environment. 

  • From September 29 to October 13, 2017, HMCS Charlottetown participated in Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 17, a maritime NATO Response Force exercise in the Mediterranean Sea just south of France. The exercise focused on training NATO and Partner Forces within the framework of a crisis response scenario. 

  • Today’s rotation is HMCS St. John’s second deployment on Operation REASSURANCE. She first deployed from January to July 2017. During her first deployment, she supported Standing NATO Maritime Group Two.

  • Standing NATO Maritime Groups are multinational, integrated maritime forces comprised of vessels from various countries that form the core of NATO’s maritime response force. These vessels are made 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 NATO and non-NATO nations, support partner engagement, and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing mission.

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