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.

The series of UN sanctions, imposed between 2006 and 2017, 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.

Previously conducted under Op PROJECTION Asia-Pacific, Canada will now support this effort under the name “Operation NEON”.

This operation demonstrates the importance that Canada places on security in the Asia-Pacific region, international security and the importance of upholding the UN Security Council sanctions regime. It further demonstrates Canada’s resolve in standing with allies and partners in accordance with Canadian values. This is in line with Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.


There are no Royal Canadian Navy ships or Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora detachments currently deployed on Operation NEON. 

How many people are deployed?

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members will deploy periodically a Canadian frigate and/or a CP-140 Aurora on Operation NEON alongside countries including Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

What are they doing?

During 2019 and 2020 and into 2021, Canada will periodically deploy military ships, aircraft and personnel to conduct surveillance operations to identify suspected maritime sanctions evasion activities, in particular ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and other commodities banned by the United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCR). This contribution will bolster the integrity of the global sanctions regime against North Korea.

History and context of the operation

On April 28, 2019, the Government of Canada announced that Canada is renewing its contribution to the multinational surveillance initiative, for a two year timeframe, to counter North Korea’s maritime sanctions evasion.

Canadian Armed Forces members participate in this operation alongside countries including Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Past deployments

  • October 2020 – HMCS Winnipeg deployed with a CP-140 Aurora
  • September 2019 – HMCS Ottawa deployed with a CP-140 Aurora
  • June 2019 – HMCS Regina and Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix deployed with a CP-140 Aurora
  • October 2018 – HMCS Calgary deployed with a CP-140 Aurora
  • May 2018 – HMCS Vancouver deployed with a CP-140 Aurora


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