International security and stability operations

A member of a ship's aircrew sits on board a helicopter and looks on as ships sail beneath him.

September 15 2016. A member of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) CHARLOTTETOWN’s Air Crew waves looks on as Greek Navy Frigate Spetsai (F453) (bottom), HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN (top) and Italian Navy Frigate Virginio Fasan (F591) (middle) during Operation REASSURANCE in the Mediterranean Sea, September 15 2016. (Photo: Cpl Blaine Sewell, Formation Imagery Services)

Canada regularly sends the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to help other NATO allied nations remain secure and stable. CAF sea, land and air task forces are sent to form part of NATO military coalitions. Individual CAF members may also serve in NATO operations.

The Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) tasks and directs most CAF operations. These include CAF missions for NATO in other countries. In these roles, the CAF may:

  • Train with other allied nations;
  • Demonstrate military leadership in working with other allied nations;
  • Practice linking CAF military skills with other allied nations;
  • Provide technical and other training support to other allied nations; and
  • Help monitor international airspace and waterways for collective defence.

CAF operations within NATO:

Learn about past security and stability operations.

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