Lloyd also noted that the RCN is looking to establish
more of a presence in the Indo-Pacific region. Two frigates, HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Ottawa, will arrive in
the region in late March for a five-month deployment.
Lloyd said the warships will allow the RCN to con-
tinue “to understand what will be required in terms of
operating in those areas of the world where we typi-
cally haven’t operated before.”
The deployment will include stops in Guam, the
Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and India.
“So it will be a very robust program of engagement,
force generation, exercising and, once again, a better
understanding of that really important region,” Lloyd
Because the U.S. Navy has extensive experience in
the Indo-Pacific, the RCN is consulting with that service, particularly in areas of how to deal with logistics
and maintenance for warships in the region.
“All that’s being done by leveraging the talent and the
lessons learned of the United States Navy,” Lloyd said.
During visits to various ports, the frigates will be
available to support the relationship-building efforts
by Canadian diplomats, he said.
After the deployment, the RCN will examine how best
to move forward with global engagement in the region.
Does it make sense to concentrate efforts in the South or
North Pacific? Does the RCN deploy
with a task group or smaller groups
of ships for longer periods? Those
are some of the questions to be
examined, Lloyd said.
The goal, he explained, is
“to maximize the return on
The RCN also will continue sup-
porting NATO efforts in Eastern
Europe and the Black Sea to reas-
sure allies about the alliance’s
commitment in the face of Russia’s
activities in the Ukraine. The RCN
has committed a frigate to NATO
for such operations.
Also important, Lloyd said, is
Canada’s continuing contribution
to U.S.-led counterdrug operations
in the Caribbean.
On Feb. 27, HMCS Saskatoon
began its patrols as part of
Operation Martillo, marking the
11th year of Canadian participation
in the mission.
Canada first joined Operation
Martillo, led by the U.S. Coast Guard on behalf of
commander, U.S. Southern Command, in 2006. But in
2014, the U.S. military reduced its contribution to the
task force because of ongoing defense cutbacks and
requested the RCN increase its involvement.
That year, the Canadian Forces deployed nine
ships and a CP-140 long-range surveillance aircraft
to the mission, which, for its purposes, it has called
Operation Caribbe. Canadian participation has been
increasing ever since.
During the last decade, the RCN deployed ships
and submarines 63 times and sailed for a total of 1,881
days in direct support of the counterdrug mission. The
Royal Canadian Air Force deployed its CP-140 Aurora
long-range maritime patrol aircraft 39 times and flew
a total of 2,138 hours, providing surveillance, detection
and disruption capabilities.
The interdiction missions are conducted in the
Caribbean Sea, the Eastern Pacific Ocean and off the
coast of Central America.
“I think the last total [for seizures] was in excess of
6,000 kilograms of drugs that were kept off the streets
of North America as a result of the exceptional teamwork with the United States Coast Guard and United
States Navy,” Lloyd said. “So we’re really looking forward to another successful year in Op Caribbe.” n
For their West Africa deployment, HMCS Moncton and HMCS Summerside will be carrying a
detachment from the Maritime Tactical Operations Group, an enhanced naval boarding unit.
Members of the unit, shown here, will help train African navies in maritime interdiction operations.