Naval Tactical Operations Group
- NTOG team poses with Ukrainian Navy 801 Combat Divers and Ukrainian Coast Guard Anti-Sabotage Team on completion of training during Exercise Sea Breeze 2021.
- NTOG team poses with Georgian Coast Guard boarding team on completion of training during Exercise Sea Breeze 2021.
- NTOG students take part in a Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) training exercise.
- An NTOG operator conducts small arms training with Tunisian 51st Regiment of Commandos Marine.
- NTOG operators train with allied forces at Exercise Tradewinds 2019.
- NTOG operators conduct underway fast rope insertion training on USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) during International Maritime Exercise 2019.
- NTOG operators conduct fast rope insertion training at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
- NTOG operators approach a vessel of interest during Operation Artemis.
- Crew members and NTOG operators aboard HMCS Calgary pose with 1,286 KG of heroin after a seizure in the Gulf of Oman in 2021. To date, it is the largest heroin seizure in Combined Maritime Forces History.
- NTOG Overwatch members monitor the insert of their fellow team members during Operation Artemis 2021.
- An NTOG operator conducts routine training during operations.
- NTOG operators approach a vessel of interest in the Gulf of Oman during Operation Artemis 2019.
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 such group is the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG), a full-time dedicated unit within the RCN that specializes in advanced boarding operations at sea. This includes maritime interdiction operations, which is the interception of suspect vessels in order to prevent the movement of illicit cargo and materiel at sea. Additional duties include force protection which entails protecting Navy ships, infrastructure and personnel all over the world.
In addition to working domestically with other government departments and Canadian Armed Forces units, in support of the Government of Canada’s Strong, Secure, Engaged Defence Policy, NTOG team members also deploy globally to assist Canada’s international security partners to build and develop their own maritime capabilities.
Traditionally, Naval Boarding Parties are made up of regular members of an RCN ship’s crew who perform the task as a secondary duty. These boarding parties are used to investigate typical vessels of interest, such as merchant ships, in support of Government of Canada and NATO missions.
When an NTOG team is deployed, it augments a ship’s company for a specific mission or period of time. The NTOG team enhances a ship’s ability to conduct maritime interdiction operations that might have a higher than usual risk, and provide more robust force protection capabilities during transits or port visits where there are high security threats.
Furthermore, NTOG teams provide their ship with additional security and planning capabilities during evacuations of civilian non-combatants, as well as during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
Since its inception in 2014, NTOG teams have supported RCN ships and personnel all over the world. Recent operations that NTOG teams have supported include:
NTOG Headquarters is located at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt (Albert Head), B.C., and reports directly to the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific. The headquarters is augmented by the East Coast Detachment, located at His Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax.
At present, the unit consists of approximately 50 personnel, located on both coasts, and is comprised of sailors from both the Regular Force and Naval Reserve.
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