Operation RENAISSANCE is the activation of Contingency Plan (CONPLAN) RENAISSANCE, the Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) plan for rapid deployment to the scene of a disaster overseas, as directed by the Government of Canada. It provides direction to the CAF in the event of a decision by the Government of Canada to respond to a request from another nation for help.
The plan delivers a rapid CAF response that is flexible enough to make an immediate positive impact at the scene of the disaster, and to continue helping people as the situation develops.
Starting on January 28, 2020, the CAF aided bushfire relief efforts by providing a CC-177 Globemaster to deliver fire retardant followed by in-theatre airlift support. Additionally, the CAF supported fire prediction modelling by providing data gathered from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). All support was given in coordination with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Between September 1 and 2, 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the northern Bahamas, devastating key infrastructure and causing loss of life and injury.
On September 5, 2019, the Government of Jamaica requested Canada’s assistance to transport their Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the Bahamas. A CC-130J Hercules aircraft departed Trenton, Ontario on September 6, 2019 along with members of the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team (CDAT) which conducted a detailed assessment of what, if any, additional support was required from Canada. The CDAT has completed its assessment and its recommendations are currently being finalized.
Following the natural disasters in Indonesia in September 2018, its country’s government issued a call for international humanitarian assistance. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred on 29 September, 2018, caused approximately 1,500 fatalities and resulted in over 59,000 people being housed in evacuation camps. In response, the Government of Canada (GC) offered to assist with relief efforts. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contributed to a Whole of Government (WoG) effort to assist the international relief efforts by initiating Operation RENAISSANCE Indonesia 18-01, and deploying Air Task Force-RENAISSANCE Indonesia (ATF-RI).
In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused wide-spread destruction throughout the Caribbean region that led to a multi-national response to the humanitarian disaster. Canada responded by deploying various elements of the Canadian Armed Forces in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada to provide immediate assistance.
The Canadian Armed Forces worked closely with Global Affairs Canada to provide disaster assistance and humanitarian relief to the region in cooperation with multi-national partners (the United Kingdom, France, the United States, the Netherlands, Jamaica and Barbados).
This assistance included:
- Military personnel that were part of the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team;
- Military aircraft and their support teams that provided aerial surveillance and airlift for people, equipment and supplies; and
- A naval frigate that provided clean drinking water, carried humanitarian assistance and disaster response supplies, provided airlift support and relief work on the ground.
The Canadian Armed Forces deployed nearly 300 personnel, and air and maritime assets, as part of the Government of Canada’s support to international relief efforts in the Caribbean.
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