The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operates in maritime environments around the world during Operation PROJECTION. CAF members deployed on this operation are working to make the world more secure and enhance relationships with Canada’s allies and partners.
Operation PROJECTION shows Canada’s ongoing commitment to global peace. The deployment of sailors, ships and submarines shows how the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is ready to defend Canada’s interests around the world.
September 4, 2020:
Having completed their participation in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on September 1, 2020, HMCS Winnipeg has now transitioned to Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific and later, Operation NEON, where they will work to further strengthen Canada’s relations with partners in the region until December 2020.
How many people are deployed?
The number of deployed personnel varies throughout the year. Halifax-class frigates routinely deployed on Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific have a crew of approximately 240 members onboard.
What are they doing?
During this operation, the CAF is conducting training, exercises, and engagements with foreign navies and other international security partners. The CAF also supports NATO Maritime Command, U.S. Naval Forces, and other allied operations.
History and context of the operation
The RCN has a long history of deploying around the world in peacetime and during conflicts. In line with “Strong, Secure, Engaged,” Canada’s Defence Policy, Canada’s naval forces work on their own and in support of allied or partner missions. They help keep regions secure and defend Allies and partners if needed.
HMCS Ottawa deployed to the Asia-Pacific region on Operation PROJECTION from 6 August to 18 December, 2019, to conduct forward naval presence operations in the region as well as conduct cooperative deployments and participate in international naval exercises with partner nations. During their deployment they also supported Operation NEON, Canada’s contribution to the enforcement United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397.
HMCS Regina and MV Asterix
HMCS Regina and MV Asterix deployed to the Asia-Pacific region on Operation PROJECTION from 6 February to 20 August, 2019. During their deployment they also supported Operation ARTEMIS, under the command of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), part of the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) which is a naval coalition of 33 partner nations that promotes security and stability in international waters of the Middle East regions. The two ships also supported Operation NEON during the June-August timeframe of their sail in the Asia-Pacific region.
From July to December 2018, HMCS Calgary deployed to the Asia-Pacific region to conduct naval presence operations in the region. HMCS Calgary made port visits in five different countries. These visits supported Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the region. HMCS Calgary was the first Halifax-class frigate to visit Da Nang, Vietnam and to conduct operations in support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397.
From April to June 2018, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver deployed to the Asia-Pacific region. During the deployment, the ship took part in the United States-led Pacific Partnership 2018. This annual exercise focused on training participating nations in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region. Throughout the deployment, the ship visited the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Singapore, Suva (Fiji), and finally Hawaii to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
From February to June 2018, HMCS Windsor deployed to the Euro-Atlantic region. From March 5 to 16, 2018, the submarine participated in in NATO Maritime Command’s Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018, and in NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN between late February and early June 2018. HMCS Windsor returned to Halifax on June 20, 2018.
HMC Ships Shawinigan and Glace Bay
HMC Ships Glace Bay and Shawinigan departed Halifax on 26 January 2020 and deployed until April 2020 as part of OP PROJECTION Africa, a strategic deployment to the Gulf of Guinea. While deployed, the ships participated in Exercise Obangame Express 2020 (OE20) in the Gulf of Guinea, and Exercise Phoenix Express 2020 (PE20) off the coast of North Africa.
HMC Ships Shawinigan and Kingston
HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan deployed from January to April 2019, as part of OP PROJECTION West Africa. While deployed, the ships also participated in Exercise Obangame Express 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea, and Exercise Phoenix Express 2019 off the coast of North Africa.
HMC Ships Kingston and Summerside
From January 26 to late April 2018, HMC Ships Kingston and Summerside deployed as part of Op PROJECTION West Africa. From March 22 to 27, 2018, the ships took part in Exercise Obangame Express 2018.
- HMCS Regina completes deployment and returns to Esquimalt
- OBANGAME EXPRESS 19: The Royal Canadian Navy contributes to African maritime security
- Link to External site / March 25, 2019
- Royal Canadian Navy deploys to the West Coast of Africa
- Link to External site / February 22, 2019
- HMCS Regina departs for deployment to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions
- Link to External site / February 6, 2019
- HMCS Vancouver completes its contribution to Operation PROJECTION in Asia-Pacific
Link to External Site / June 28, 2018
- HMCS Vancouver sails with ships from Australia and New Zealand during Operation PROJECTION
Link to External Site / June 26, 2018
- HMCS Vancouver visits Singapore during Operation PROJECTION
Link to External Site / June 4, 2018
- The Royal Canadian Navy participates in Obangame Express 2018
Link to External Site / April 10, 2018
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