Naval Security Team
- Naval Security Team (NST) members Sailor Second Class Montana Cross and Madison Cross, who are sisters, pose on their final training day aboard HMCS Vancouver. Upon completion of their training, the Cross sisters deployed with the NST to Greece in 2018, where they provided force protection duties for HMCS Ville de Quebec during Operation Reassurance.
- Members of the Naval Security Team demonstrate a vehicle search with sailors from the Republic of Fiji Navy during Operation Projection Asia-Pacific in Suva, Fiji this past summer.
- Petty Officer 1st Class John Wood of the Naval Security Team demonstrates weapon handling during personnel searches to members of the Republic of Fiji Navy. The demonstration took place in Suva, Fiji during Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific this past summer.
- Master Seaman Erik Fox (left), Sailor First Class Gatlin Wunder (center) and role player Sub-Lieutenant Thomas Gray (sitting) demonstrate boarding party training scenarios to visiting Fijian Navy members onboard HMCS Vancouver. The interaction took place on June 13, 2018 in the South Pacific Ocean, as part of Operation Projection Asia-Pacific.
- Lieutenant (Navy) Jeffery Brooker explains the drills that the members of HMCS Vancouver’s boarding party are conducting to visiting Fijian Navy personnel during Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific, which took place in the South Pacific Ocean, June 11, 2018.
- The Naval Security Team participated in an integration program with the Republic of Fiji Navy while deployed in Suva, Fiji during Operation Projection Asia-Pacific in June 2018.
- Members of the Naval Security Team demonstrate a personnel search with personnel from the Republic of Fiji Navy during Operation Projection Asia-Pacific in Suva, Fiji in June 2018.
- Members of the Naval Security Team demonstrate a personnel search with sailors from the Republic of Fiji Navy during Operation Projection Asia-Pacific in Suva, Fiji in June 2018.
- Naval Security Team (NST) member Sailor Second Class Darcey Tieincy on watch as the upper deck sentry aboard HMCS Vancouver during NST training. Upon completion of his training, AB Tieincy deployed with the NST to Greece in 2018, where the team provided force protection duties for HMCS Ville de Quebec during Operation REASSURANCE.
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) relies on various groups and units within its organization to ensure that its ships and personnel are protected, both at home in Canada and around the world.
One of those groups is the Naval Security Team (NST), which is specially trained to provide an extra layer of land and sea-based security -- called enhanced force protection -- to deployed RCN assets.
Relationship with a ship's company
When the team is sent to support to a ship’s company on deployment, it allows the crew to take much-needed leave during longer deployments or to focus on other tasks, such as maintenance.
The unit is self-sustaining and is able to operate in established or rudimentary sea ports anywhere in the world.
Some of the operations that the NST has supported since its inception in 2017 include:
In addition to providing enhanced force protection to RCN assets, team members also work with the militaries of other countries to build capacity.
Located at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, B.C., the team reports directly to the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific.
Team members are primarily Naval Reservists, with Regular Force members rounding out the team when required. Its standing core of 20 personnel provides expertise and training, and is augmented by a variable number of additional Reservists, based on the requirements of the mission at hand.
Selected personnel train for and deploy on individual missions, and then are stood-down when the mission has been completed.
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