Canadian Armed Forces concludes its participation in Exercise Tradewinds 2018
June 21, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) successfully participated in Exercise Tradewinds 18, a U.S.-led multinational land and maritime exercise involving partner nations with a common interest in strengthening safety and security in the Caribbean region. The exercise took place from June 4 to 21, 2018 in both St. Kitts and Nevis and the Bahamas.
As part of their contribution, the CAF deployed both maritime and land capabilities as well as the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team in a training and mentorship role to the 34th Tradewinds’ iteration, which involved ships, aircraft and personnel from 22 nations.
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“Exercise Tradewinds allows our Canadian Armed Forces to work collaboratively with partners throughout the Americas to develop regional capabilities and continue building upon strong relationships with allies, partners and multilateral institutions.”
– The Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
“From the earliest days of Canadian Armed Forces participation in Exercise Tradewinds, our work with partner nations has been a collaborative relationship allowing us to mutually share our knowledge and expertise, thereby enhancing our regional partnerships and contributing to the strengthening of safety and security in the Caribbean Region.”
– Lieutenant-General Michael Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command
Even before Exercise Tradewinds began, the CAF contributed significantly to the development of a regional security doctrine for Caribbean partners. Subsequently, as part of Exercise Tradewinds, the CAF deployed nine mentors to the Bahamas who joined a fictional operational headquarters, called the Caribbean Task Force (CTF) to teach host nations’ military personnel on the new doctrine and to also provide training on the operational planning process so that CTF personnel were able to develop and implement multinational plans based on different exercise scenarios.
In St. Kitts and Nevis a team of three Global Affairs Canada personnel and four CAF personnel were involved in a natural disaster scenario. Canadian Disaster Assessment Team (CDAT) personnel conducted professional development sessions with Nevis Department of Emergency Management and St. Kitts National Emergency Management Agency to role play their interactions in response to a request for International assistance. The CAF also contributed officers to assist the Regional Observer and Assessment Team in evaluating regional organizations on their overall capabilities and existing measures in a context of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
In the Bahamas, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Shawinigan, a Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defense Vessel, joined a multinational group aimed at increasing tactics and procedures for tracking, intercepting, and boarding suspect vessels. Additionally, the ship embarked trainees daily to exchange best practices and was integrated into the maritime component to conduct missions assigned by the CTF.
The Combined Dive Team from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic), consisting of 11 experienced divers and two Health Services Support personnel, deployed in the Bahamas to provide training to 41 partner nations’ divers in the areas of individual and group diving procedures and tactics to include supervision, contingency preparation, medical requirements, military dive planning procedures, night dive operations, hull search techniques and bottom search techniques. CAF divers also partnered with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) dive team in providing support to their law enforcement training, including evidence recovery, documentation and techniques. The Program focused on preparing partner nation divers to plan and execute dive missions in a multinational environment.
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