HMCS St John’s concludes Operation REASSURANCE – Maritime Task Force (Rotation 8) and returns to Halifax

News release

July 23, 2018 – Halifax, N.S. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s recently concluded a successful six-month deployment on Operation REASSURANCE – Maritime Task Force (Rotation 8) as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and returned to Halifax today.

HMCS St. John’s joined SNMG1 on January 18, 2018 and participated in NATO exercises that further strengthened the Allied nations’ abilities to effectively conduct combined maritime operations. She sailed in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, participating in Exercise DYNAMIC GUARD, Exercise DYNAMIC SHIELD, and Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 18.

HMCS St. John’s also supported SNMG2 and contributed to NATO Operation SEA GUARDIAN in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Through these NATO operations, HMCS St. John’s contributed to supporting a safe and secure environment for civilian vessels operating in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic 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.


“HMCS St. John’s has participated in large multi-national exercises and operational missions alongside navies from allied nations. We have patrolled the Baltic, North, Norwegian, and Mediterranean Seas; have crossed the North Atlantic and the Arctic Circle, and have travelled over 40,500 nautical miles from as far south as the North African Coast to as far north as the High Arctic off of Bodo, Norway. Now that we are at the end of the deployment, we are looking forward to reuniting with our family and friends after a long time away from home.”

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

“Since January 2018, the sailors of HMCS St. John’s have worked tirelessly on the world stage, showing tremendous professionalism, dedication and commitment to excellence at sea. Working alongside our NATO allies and partners in the Euro-Atlantic, they were outstanding ambassadors of Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy. It is also essential that we acknowledge the tremendous support of their families who directly contributed to St. John’s successful operation. Bravo Zulu.”

Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal Canadian Navy

Quick facts

  • During her six-month Operation REASSURANCE deployment, HMCS St. John’s has worked closely with 12 navies and visited 11 ports in eight countries.

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

  • HMCS St. John’s will be replaced by HMCS Ville de Québec, which left Halifax on July 18, 2018 to join SNMG2, one of NATO’s maritime immediate reaction forces, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. The homecoming of HMCS St. John’s also marks the last deployment on Operation REASSURANCE of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter.

  • 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 missions.

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