HMCS Regina completes deployment and returns to CFB Esquimalt
“HMCS Regina’s successful deployment not only demonstrated our ability to operate alongside and integrate with our partner navies in the region, but showed, once again, Canada’s commitment to maintaining a maritime presence in that important region. The excellent work of Regina’s command team and crew over the last several months has had a direct impact on international peace and security, which is why deployments like Operation PROJECTION remain critical to the mandate of the Royal Canadian Navy.”
— Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, Maritime Component Commander
“I am so impressed with the crew of HMCS Regina who represented the Royal Canadian Navy’s spectrum of tasks across the globe throughout this deployment. We supported a Canadian-led task force that deterred and disrupted the flow of narcotics in the Northern Arabian Sea, contributed to United Nations Security Council Resolutions enforcing sanctions on North Korea, and integrated with our Allies for cooperative deployments and high-end exercises such as TALISMAN SABRE 19. It’s a proud day for me seeing them reunited with their families after all they’ve accomplished.”
— Commander Jacob French, Commanding Officer HMCS Regina
During its deployment, HMCS Regina made several port visits, including to Guam and Hawaii in the U.S., Japan, United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Singapore, Oman, and Australia.
Operation PROJECTION contributes to the Canadian Armed Forces’ persistent maritime presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Operation ARTEMIS supports the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is part of the Combined Maritime Force, which is a naval coalition of 33 partner nations that promotes security and stability in international waters of the Middle East regions. CTF 150 works to deter and deny terrorist organizations from using the high seas for smuggling weapons, illicit cargo, and narcotics, while ensuring the safe passage of merchant ships in some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
Operation NEON is Canada’s contribution to a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea. The imposed UN sanctions aim to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs and respond to North Korean nuclear weapon tests and ballistic missile launches.
While on deployment, HMCS Regina participated in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, a biennial Australian and United States bilateral exercise designed to train partner military forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations and to improve the combat readiness and interoperability. This year the exercise took place from July 11 to 24 in the vicinity of Queensland, Australia and involved approximately 25 000 personnel operating across the maritime, land, and air domains, from Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
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