Operation CADENCE was the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) support to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) security effort for the G7 Summit. The summit took place in Quebec’s Charlevoix region from June 8 to 9, 2018.
The CAF has unique capabilities, so it often supports other government departments in Canada. For instance, the CAF helps respond to natural disasters and conducts Search and Rescue. Contributing to the safety and security of the G7 was one of the ways that the CAF is strong at home.
The CAF supported the RCMP in the following ways:
- planning support
- air transport
- monitoring the air, sea, and land in the region
- supporting the security of the restricted airspace through NORAD
CAF members did not conducting law enforcement activities.
The Task Force
Operation CADENCE included:
- over 2 206 sailors, soldiers, and air women and air men
- 269 Canadian Army military and commercial vehicles
- 15 Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft
- 7 Royal Canadian Navy vehicles and boats
- 1 long-range radar site in support or NORAD
- 1 medical care facility at the Charlevoix airport
The CAF’s presence during Operation CADENCE was based on the needs identified by the RCMP.
The CAF supported the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit for the G8 and G20 summits in June 2010. Those took place in Huntsville and Toronto, Ontario respectively. The task force was made of approximately 2 800 sailors, soldiers, and aviators.
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