From: National Defence

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are operating in maritime environments around the world during Operation PROJECTION. They are working to make the world more secure and enhance relationships with Canada’s allies and partners.

The deployment of sailors, ships, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft makes the world more secure and stable. It also shows how the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is ready to defend Canada’s interests around the world. Operation PROJECTION shows Canada’s ongoing commitment to global peace.


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.

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.

Past deployments

  • Asia-Pacific

    HMCS Calgary

    From July to December 2018, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary and Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix deployed to the Asia-Pacific region to conduct naval presence operations in the region. It also supported international naval exercises with partners. 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.

    HMCS Vancouver

    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.

    During the deployment, the crew of HMCS Vancouver strengthened relationships with our partners. As well as working with partners, the ship also conducted port visits. It improved the CAF’s ability to plan operations in the region.

    HMCS Vancouver visited Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from May 3 to 9, 2018. During the port visit, Canadian sailors interacted with civilians and local counterparts to promote cooperation and friendship. They participated in outreach activities such as ship tours, school visits, charity event, friendly sports competition, and wreath laying at Sai Wan War Memorial.

    HMCS Vancouver visited Singapore from May 16 to 23, 2018. The ship hosted members of the Singapore military and other stakeholders. It also participated in community outreach and charitable activities.

    On June 12, HMCS Vancouver arrived in Suva, Fiji. This was its last port visit for its deployment. The ship was met by members of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Security Team. The port visit included a work party of 60 volunteers from the ship’s company visiting Homes of Hope to help out with maintenance, landscaping, and painting.

    On June 25, HMCS Vancouver completed its participation in Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific and sailed to Hawaii to participate in RIMPAC.

    Maritime patrol aircraft

    On April 28, the Government of Canada announced that Canada will participate in an initiative to counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling. The CAF deployed a maritime patrol aircraft and approximately 40 personnel. On June 4, the first group of aircrew, ground crew, and support personnel from 407 Squadron returned home after a month in Kadena, Japan. They supported an international effort to counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling.

    This effort was separate from other CAF deployments in the region.

  • Euro-Atlantic

    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. The exercise aimed to:

    • improve how participants work together
    • honed their skills in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare

    HMCS Windsor periodically supported NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN between late February and early June 2018. This operation:

    • builds a comprehensive picture of daily activities along the shipping routes in the international waters of the Mediterranean
    • aims to maintain a secure and safe maritime environment
    • supports three core NATO tasks: collective defence, crisis management, and cooperative security.

    HMCS Windsor returned to Halifax on June 20, 2018.

  • West Africa

    Past Deployments

    HMC Ships Shawinigan and Kingston

    HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan have departed on Op PROJECTION West Africa until mid-April.  In March, members from the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) and a Maritime Operations Centre mentorship team will also deploy to the region. 

    From March 14 to March 22, HMC ships Kingston and Shawinigan participated in OBANGAME EXPRESS, Africa’s largest maritime military exercise. Crewmembers worked with personnel from more than 20 countries. They participated in scenarios, boardings and other exercises to increase cooperation and improve security in the Gulf of Guinea region.

    Op PROJECTION West Africa is an opportunity for the CAF to conduct naval forward presence operations and includes strategic engagements with regional nations to support partner capacity building, foster relationships with partner navies, and gain greater understanding of the security issues that impact the region. 

    HMC Ships Kingston and Summerside

    From January 26 to late April 2018, HMC Ships Kingston and Summerside deployed to West Africa. From March 22 to 27, 2018, the ships took part in U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s Exercise Obangame Express 2018. The exercise aimed to improve how nations work together to improve safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. It focused on:

    • maritime interdiction
    • visit, board, search, and seizure techniques.

    Further, an enhanced naval boarding party worked with and mentored partners in the region to help build their capacity in naval boarding and interdiction.


HMCS Regina completes deployment and returns to CFB Esquimalt
HMCS Regina completes deployment and returns to CFB Esquimalt
HMCS Regina completes deployment and returns to CFB Esquimalt
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