Current operations list

From: National Defence

CAF operations adjusting to COVID-19

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 worldwide has impacted our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations across all regions. With over 2000 personnel deployed on approximately 20 different missions, the CAF is taking unprecedented measures to protect the health and well-being of our members, prevent the spread of this disease, and preserve our ability to conduct mission-essential military operations.

A few general examples of how COVID-19 has impacted our operations are:

  • All international travel by commercial air has been restricted. This includes the ability for our personnel to take leave from a mission;
  • Deployed Task Forces will not participate in training activities, exercises, events, and public gatherings that will put CAF members at risk or contribute to the spread of COVID-19; and
  • Some CAF members on operations are self-isolating if they have recently traveled or feel there is potential they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

For several weeks now, the CAF has implemented strict preventative measures on all of our missions based on instructions released by Canadian Forces Health Services Group to our deployed teams and on guidance from host and partner nations.

For a complete list of changes the CAF are making to ongoing and upcoming operations in response to COVID-19, please visit Changes to military operations in response to COVID-19.

For more information about how the CAF are supporting federal and provincial agencies’ efforts against the coronavirus pandemic situation, please visit Operation LASER.

Canada and North America

Canada and North America

Name Description
Fisheries Patrols Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) support to help Fisheries and Oceans Canada monitor fishing vessels and enforce fishing regulations in the Atlantic Ocean. The CAF conducts ship and aircraft patrols with DFO officials on board. These are known as FISHPATS.
Operation BOXTOP CAF mission to bring supplies to Canadian Forces Station Alert.
Operation DRIFTNET CAF mission to stop drift netting and other forms of illegal fishing.
Operation LASER CAF response to a worldwide pandemic situation.
Operation LENTUS CAF response to forest fires, floods and natural disasters in Canada.
Operation LIMPID CAF mission to detect threats to Canada’s security as early as possible. The CAF keeps a routine watch over Canada’s air, maritime, land, space, and cyber domains. It also maintains a physical presence in some areas.
Operation NANOOK CAF contribution to whole-of-government sovereignty patrols and security exercises. These are usually held in the high and eastern Arctic.
Operation NEVUS CAF annual maintenance of the High Arctic Data Communications System. It takes place on Ellesmere Island.
Operation PALACI CAF support to the Parks Canada program to prevent avalanches from blocking land routes in Rogers Pass.
Operation SABOT CAF support to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The mission is to help stop the illegal growing of marijuana in Canada.
Search and Rescue The CAF has the main responsibility in Canada for providing search and rescue (SAR) from the air. It also coordinates the national response for air and maritime SAR.

Central and South America

Central and South America

Name Description
Operation CARIBBE CAF support to U.S.-led Operation MARTILLO. CAF sends ships and aircraft to help stop trafficking by organized crime. The operation takes place in the Caribbean basin and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Europe

Europe

Name Description
Operation DISTINCTION Operation DISTINCTION supports the Government of Canada’s Military History Commemoration Program to complement and enhance Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) selected ceremonies and commemorative events.
Operation IGNITION CAF periodic role in a NATO security mission for Iceland. Mission involves airborne surveillance and interception.
Operation KOBOLD CAF contribution to the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR).
Operation OPEN SPIRIT CAF role to help clear explosive remnants of war in the Baltic Sea. A number of other countries take part. The annual mission is hosted by the three Baltic nations.
Operation REASSURANCE CAF support to NATO’s defence and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.
Operation SNOWGOOSE CAF role in the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
Operation UNIFIER CAF military training and capacity-building operation in Ukraine.

Africa

Africa

Name Description
Operation EDIFICE-Tunisia Once a year, the CAF conducts combined training with the Tunisian Navy.
Operation CROCODILE CAF role in supporting the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Operation FREQUENCE CAF strategic airlift support to France between France and the Sahel region of Africa.
Operation NABERIUS CAF mission in Niger to train the Forces armées nigériennes
Operation PRESENCE The CAF’s contribution to the Government of Canada’s peace operations strategy.
Operation PROJECTION The CAF operates in maritime enviroments around the world to improve peace and stability.
Operation SOPRANO CAF role in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).

Middle East

Middle East

Name Description
Operation ARTEMIS CAF maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea.
Operation CALUMET CAF role in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.
Operation FOUNDATION CAF role in United States Central Command Headquarters, United States Air Forces Central Headquarters, and Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters.
Operation IMPACT CAF role in the international coalition to assist local security forces who are fighting against Daesh in the Republic of Iraq and in Syria.
Operation JADE CAF role in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).
Operation PROTEUS CAF role in the Office of the U.S. Security Coordinator to build security capacity in the Palestinian Authority.

Asia-Pacific

Asia-Pacific

Name Description
Operation NEON Operation NEON is Canada’s contribution to a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed against North Korea.
Operation RENDER SAFE CAF role to help Australia clear explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands.
Operation DRIFTNET CAF support to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The mission was to help enforce the global moratorium on high-seas driftnet fishing.

Around the world

Around the world

Name Description
Operation GLOBE CAF members are sometimes asked to help other Government of Canada departments with various tasks. When these tasks involve working outside of Canada, CAF members deploy under Operation GLOBE.
Operation PROJECTION The CAF operates in maritime environments around the world to improve peace and stability
Operation RENAISSANCE The Canadian Armed Forces responds to international emergencies.

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: