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« on: March 06, 2008, 21:47:43 »
Posted from a Montreal Gazette article.... note the date (29 Feb)... the ships coy of CAL were briefed on the plan Two days ago (04 Mar). <shakes head>

Canada pledges three more ships to 'war on terror'
Rob Shaw , Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, February 29

VICTORIA - The Canadian navy is deploying three warships to the Persian Gulf, one of its largest naval contributions to the war against terrorism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

About 850 sailors, soldiers and air force personnel will sail from June to September with an international coalition of ships from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Pakistan and the Netherlands, the navy announced Friday. The group mainly conducts security patrols and searches suspicious ships.

A large portion of the contingent, some 500 Canadian Forces personnel, will come from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, outside Victoria. HMCS Calgary, a patrol frigate, and HMCS Protecteur, a supply ship, depart from the West Coast in the next few months, sailing through the Panama Canal to meet HMCS Iroquois somewhere in the Caribbean, navy spokesman Lt. Mark MacIntyre said.

The three ships then join the international group, called Task Force 150, which will run missions in the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The Canadians plan to take a Sea King helicopter detachment with them.

"What's unique about this deployment is it is going to be comprised of ships from Canada's east and west coasts," MacIntyre said.

Canada will also assume command of the task force, a responsibility that is handed out on a rotating basis. Commodore Bob Davidson, commander of Canadian Fleet Atlantic, will handle command duties from on board HMCS Iroquois.

"This command demonstrates the world-class level of our nation's maritime defence capabilities," Gen. Rick Hillier, chief of defence staff, said in a news release.

It is the fourth deployment of ships for Operation ALTAIR, Canada's naval contribution to what it calls the American-led coalition against terrorism. HMCS Charlottetown, a frigate based on the East Coast, has been deployed on the mission in the Persian Gulf since November. Previously, from 2001 to 2003, Canada deployed 15 ships in the same region as part of a related operation.

EDIT: Initially I had the Subject as "West Coast ships to head out"... it then occurred to me that some may be interested in IRO going too.... j/k
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Re: Ships To Head Out
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2008, 14:42:26 »
Do you honestly think the Ships Coy were first told about this on the 04 Mar?  I first heard of this before Xmas, no one should have been surprised by this "public" announcement.

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Re: Ships To Head Out
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2008, 14:51:19 »
Do you honestly think the Ships Coy were first told about this on the 04 Mar?  I first heard of this before Xmas, no one should have been surprised by this "public" announcement.

I agree. It became official on the 29th of Feb, those of us going all knew about it months ago. Hell, I was doing some DAG related stuff back in Jan. The Capt on IRO piped that it was official a couple hours before the press release was made.
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Re: Ships To Head Out
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2008, 01:31:40 »
Not the fact the ships were going.... my understanding was CAL crew didn't find out they were going via Panama until 04 Mar.

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Re: Ships To Head Out
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008, 08:07:42 »
Not the fact the ships were going.... my understanding was CAL crew didn't find out they were going via Panama until 04 Mar.

So? We don't even know what ports we're going to until a few months in advance, what difference does the routing make? I'm sure they're stoked about it, now they don't have to sail across the open expanse of the Pacific for 2 weeks in between seeing land.

I still don't see how they didn't know that, we knew back in Dec that we were meeting them in the Caribbean.
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Re: Ships To Head Out
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2008, 10:19:55 »
It doesn't matter when they are briefed on the specifics of how they are getting there, all they need to know is that they are going.   I am sure they are pumped about going the other way for a change.

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Re: Ships To Head Out
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2008, 14:00:37 »
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About 850 sailors, soldiers and air force personnel will sail from June to September with an international coalition of ships from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Pakistan and the Netherlands, the navy announced Friday. The group mainly conducts security patrols and searches suspicious ships.

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I'm always wondering where these journalists get their information. In these press-releases regarding CTF-150 I often see the Netherlands being mentioned as one of the contributors of the ships that are in CTF-150. But in fact they've only got 2 people in the Combined Forces Maritime Component Command in Bahrein. The Dutch ship went back to the Netherlands in May of 2006.

They are sending a frigate (the Evertsen) to Somalia to protect ships bringing food to Somalia under the UN World Food Program, but they are not joining CTF-150 again.

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 23:48:24 »

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9007847.html


Canada is making plans to send a Halifax-based frigate to waters off the horn of Africa to stop pirates from attacking food shipments bound for Somalia.

This would involve diverting HMCS Ville de Quebec, which left Halifax last month for a five-and-a-half-month NATO mission to the Mediterranean and Black seas.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay hinted Monday there would be an announcement in Halifax Tuesday about sending a warship on a United Nations mission. But on Tuesday, his spokesman said the announcement had been postponed and the department wouldn’t provide any details.

“My links are all telling me there’s going to be an announcement that the Ville de Quebec will be taken from NATO’s standing maritime group and sent to (waters) off Somalia to escort World Food Programme relief supplies to Somalia,” said Eric Lerhe, a retired commodore who is a member of Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies.

While he was hopeful that is the case, Peter Smerdon, a spokesman for the U.N. World Food Programme, could not confirm Tuesday that the Canadian frigate will be sent to waters off Somalia.

“Any confirmation would have to come from the government concerned,” Mr. Smerdon said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Nairobi, Kenya.

“If a naval escort is provided by any country, we would of course welcome it wholeheartedly.”

Last November, France provided a frigate to escort food shipments into Somalia, he said.

“Then we had a Danish frigate, then we had a Dutch frigate, which escorted ships sailing mostly from Mombasa to Mogadishu. They escorted, I think, a total of something like 27 ships with enough food to feed a million people for six months.”

But that escort system ground to a halt in late June when the Dutch warship left, he said.

“We have been appealing ... for anyone to step forward to protect ships carrying WFP food into Somalia, especially now because in the coming months we need to double the tonnages that we bring into Somalia because the needs have gone up. Basically, we aim to feed 2.4 million people by December,” Mr. Smerdon said.

“Ninety per cent of WFP food assistance for Somalia comes in by sea and it is very, very difficult to bring in more by land or even to think of an airlift because neither of those alternatives would be able to bring in the volumes that we need.”

Last year, pirates attacked three ships chartered by the U.N. agency to carry food into Somalia, he said.

While none of the World Food Programme vessels have been taken over this year, Mr. Smerdon said shipping companies are reluctant to send large vessels into the area without protection.

An unescorted shipment of food did arrive in Mogadishu from Mombasa on Saturday, he said.

“It was a relatively small ship. We need a continuous supply line of large ships to meet the need in Somalia,” Mr. Smerdon said. “That’s why it’s vital to have escorts because if there are one or two attacks on these unescorted ships, we could well see that all ship owners say, ‘No, it’s not worth the risk. We are not willing to go.’ And then the sea lifeline to Somalia will be cut completely.”

Somali government troops and soldiers from U.S.-backed Ethiopia are battling Islamic militias. The fighting has reportedly killed about 6,500 Somali civilians since 2007, and driven hundreds of thousands of people, including half of Mogadishu’s population, from their homes.
The problem has been exacerbated by drought and skyrocketing food prices, Mr. Smerdon said.

“It is extremely worrying, particularly because of the increased violence in Somalia — kidnappings, attacks on Somali NGO workers in recent weeks, plus the violence between the various warring parties,” he said. “If we were unable to deliver sufficient food assistance in the coming months, we could see a situation similar to the 1992-1993 famine in which hundreds of thousands of people perished.”

There has been an upsurge in pirate attacks off Somali’s eastern and northern coasts, with 31 in 2007 and 24 so far this year, Mr. Smerdon said.

“This year is looking like it will be the worst year for piracy off Somalia,” he said. “The situation is deteriorating so therefore people with guns see piracy as a purely money-making activity.”

Pirates seize ships, make their crews hostages, and demand ransoms from the ship owners, Mr. Smerdon said.

“This is a huge security issue for them,” Mr. Lerhe said Tuesday. “There is no Somali navy, as has been eminently demonstrated. ... So there’s every cause for the international community to respond to both Somalia and the World Food Programme’s request for escorting.”

In April, a Sea King helicopter from the Halifax-based frigate HMCS Charlottetown took photos after pirates seized a French cruise ship off Somalia.

Ville de Quebec could use its own helicopter to frighten off pirates, Mr. Lerhe said.

“And then the ship itself has got, not only its main armament, but it’s got a boarding party that would be incredibly powerful in dealing with the pirate vessels,” he said.

Going from its mission in the Mediterranean and Black seas to the Gulf of Aden would create a “slight increase” in danger for the frigate’s 253 crew members, said Mr. Lerhe, who is also a fellow with the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute, based in Calgary.

“You’re always ready for maximum danger,” he said.

For some, the plan for Ville de Quebec is sure to raise the spectre of Canada’s ill-fated mission to Somalia a decade and a half ago.

Soldiers from the Canadian Airborne Regiment tortured and killed a youth in Somalia in 1993. The death of Shidane Arone was followed by failed attempts to cover it up.

His death and the ensuing scandal ended up before the courts and was the subject of a formal public inquiry that led to the disbanding of the regiment.

“I wouldn’t discount that, but I wouldn’t put a whole bunch of emphasis on that given that this task is so fundamentally different from the job we had to do inland,” Mr. Lerhe said.

The Ville de Quebec left Halifax July 17 to join the Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group 1, a contingent of ships drawn from various nations including the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and the United States.


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Re: Halifax frigate to Somalia
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2008, 16:10:47 »
Link to a bit more of the latest (CF statement below CP story), shared in accordance with the "fair dealing" provisions, Section 29, of the Copyright Act.

Canadian navy to escort food ships into Somalia: MacKay
Keith Doucette, Canadian Press, 6 Aug 08

"Canada has sent a Halifax-based frigate to waters off the horn of Africa to prevent pirates from attacking food shipments bound for Somalia.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Wednesday that HMCS Ville de Quebec and its crew of 253 was diverted from a NATO mission in the Mediterranean.

The warship will provide escort for United Nations world food program vessels travelling into designated Somali ports, in what he described as a crucial mission.

"The population of Somalia is facing serious food shortages and the world food program has indicated that current food stocks in Somalia will be depleted by mid-August," MacKay said in a prepared statement. "It has also been stated that if these supplies are not renewed, Somalia would suffer a severe famine."

MacKay said the Canadian warship was en route and would remain part of the mission until the end of September...."

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Canadian Navy to Escort World Food Programme Ships
CF news release NR 08-028, 6 Aug 08
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The Government of Canada is deploying the frigate HMCS Ville de Québec to the coastal region of Somalia for the next few weeks to conduct naval escorts of World Food Programme ships carrying life-saving supplies to the area. The government is acting on a request from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN International Maritime Organization. We are currently seeking to receive formal authorization from the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to escort World Food Programme ships into their territorial waters.

“Food supplies are urgently needed in Somalia but deteriorating security has made delivery difficult by land and sea,” said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Canada is stepping up to the plate by tasking Ville de Québec with the role of escorting World Food Programme ships to ensure their safe arrival at designated ports.”

The WFP is responding to urgent humanitarian needs in Somalia. Over 2.4 million Somalis rely on food aid, of which, eighty percent arrives by sea. While pirates have launched 31 attacks on vessels off Somalia’s eastern and northern coasts, to date no escorted WFP ships have been targeted. Naval escorts have been provided by France, Denmark and the Netherlands over the last eight months. A Dutch frigate escorted the last ship loaded with food for beneficiaries in Somalia at the end of June. Somalia has been beset by instability and insecurity for almost 20 years and is further affected by the regional drought and increasing world food prices.

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On July 17th, HMCS Ville de Québec originally deployed on Operation SEXTANT, Canada’s maritime contribution to the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1). With this new task, which will facilitate humanitarian operations, HMCS Ville de Québec will operate under Operation ALTAIR for about one month in direct support of WFP shipments to Somalia. Following this mission in September, she will return to her original tasking with SNMG1 scheduled to end in December.

Canada currently has three ships deployed with Operation ALTAIR (Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Iroquois, a destroyer acting as the command ship, Calgary, a frigate, and Protecteur, an auxiliary oil replenishment ship).

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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2008, 15:13:11 »
Minister's Speech
HMCS Ville de QuébecAugust 18, 2008

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a real pleasure to be in beautiful Halifax today.

We are gathered here for a very important announcement.

Once again, Canada is delivering leadership on the world stage by making a significant contribution to help those in need.

And once again, the Canadian Forces are showing their flexibility and capacity to respond quickly when called upon.

Recently, we have received formal requests for assistance from the United Nations World Food Program and the International Maritime Organization to escort ships carrying vital food supplies to Somalia.

The Government is deploying Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ville de Québec to escort the World Food Program vessels.

This will be a crucial mission.

The population of Somalia is facing serious food shortages.

The World Food Program has indicated that all current food stocks in Somalia will be depleted by mid-August.

If these supplies are not renewed, Somalia could suffer a serious famine, like the one that hit Ethiopia in the early 1980s.

The international community needs to respond now to avoid a more serious crisis.

And this is exactly what Canada is doing.

Some 80% of the food supplies to Somalia are shipped by sea, which means they must travel through waters where piracy is a grave concern.

Without a naval escort, the World Food Program ships and the Somali people in desperate need of food would be at risk.

HMCS Ville de Québec’s deployment will ensure that the ships arrive safely at designated ports in Somalia, that food is delivered to those in need, and that lives are saved. HMCS Ville de Québec is perfectly suited for this important mission.

She is a well-trained, technologically advanced ship, capable of undertaking a wide of variety of tasks, including quickly responding to this humanitarian crisis.

She has a helicopter air detachment that can be quickly deployed whenever needed. HMCS Ville de Québec was originally deployed in July to the Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation SEXTANT, which is Canada’s maritime contribution to the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 fleet.

HMCS Ville de Québec will now depart from her current duties and report to the Canadian Forces’ Task Force Arabian Sea under Operation ALTAIR for the duration of this new humanitarian assistance mission.

With Operation ALTAIR, Canada is contributing to Combined Task Force 150, a multinational coalition conducting maritime security operations in South Asia.

This is another one of Canada’s important contributions to international security and to the campaign against terrorism.

Ladies and gentlemen, Canadians are proud of their military and the role they play in contributing to international security and providing assistance to those in need.

Canadians also count on their Government to give the Canadian Forces the tools they need to perform missions like the one HMCS Ville de Québec has been assigned.

With the Canada First Defence Strategy, this Government is making sure that the Canadian Forces are rebuilt into a first-class, modern military.

A military that has the capabilities required to successfully accomplish the missions expected of them.

A military that our friends and allies can continue to turn to when in need of assistance.

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Re: Halifax frigate to Somalia
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2008, 12:06:09 »
Victoria Helicopter Squadron deployed on World Food Programme escort mission
VICTORIA— A detachment from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron of Victoria, B.C. currently deployed with the frigate Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ville de Québec, will support the ship while it escorts a World Food Programme (WFP) ship loaded with life-saving supplies from Mombasa, Kenya to Mogadishu, Somalia beginning on Aug. 19.
  “I am very proud that the men and women of 443 Squadron are part of this important mission on the other side of the world from Victoria, said Lt.-Col Ian Lightbody, Commanding Officer. “I have every confidence in the Detachment and its Commander, Maj. Carol Dupuis.” 
This trip is the first of many; Ville de Québec is committed to her humanitarian mission for the next six weeks. The frigate’s presence off the east coast of Africa is the result of a request to Canada from the WFP and the International Maritime Organization, both agencies of the United Nations. After more than 20 years of instability and insecurity, Somalia is now suffering from severe drought and facing increasing world food prices.
“It is super to be in Mombasa, where we have met the master and crew of the first WFP ship that we will escort. It is clear talking to local U.N. officials that they are immensely grateful to Canada for providing a ship to conduct this worthy mission. Myself and the crew of Ville de Québec are truly honoured and proud to have been chosen for this task,” said Commander Chris Dickinson, commanding officer of HMCS Ville de Québec.
The WFP shipments are intended to meet the urgent needs of more than 2.4 million Somalis who rely on food aid, of which 90 percent arrives by sea. The flow of aid to Somalia is threatened by pirates off the coast; according to the International Maritime Bureau, pirates have attacked 24 vessels so far this year, and a total of 31 in 2007.  However, to date no escorted World Food Programme ship has been targeted.
WFP aid supports recipients at the rate of eight people per ton per year. The 112,500 tons of food delivered by ships escorted by Danish, French and Dutch warships between November 2007 and June 2008 was enough to feed 1 million people for six months. A Dutch frigate escorted the last ship loaded with food for beneficiaries in Somalia at the end of June.
HMCS Ville de Québec with the 25 person helicopter detachment deployed from Halifax on July 17, 2008 on Operation SEXTANT, Canada’s participation in Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), which is currently operating in the Mediterranean Sea. The escort task brings Ville de Québec into Operation ALTAIR, Canada’s maritime contribution to the international campaign against terrorism in the Persian Gulf/Arabian Sea region. At the end of September, when the escort mission is complete, Ville de Québec will return to her original tasking with SNMG1, which is scheduled to end in December.
Canada currently has three ships deployed with Operation ALTAIR: the destroyer HMCS Iroquois (flagship), the frigate HMCS Calgary, and the auxiliary oil replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur.

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Re: Halifax frigate to Somalia
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2008, 13:43:32 »
PUBLICATION:    The Chronicle-Herald
DATE:           2008.08.20
SECTION:        NovaScotia
PAGE:           B1
BYLINE:         Chris Lambie Staff Reporter
ILLUSTRATION:   HMCS Ville de Quebec, left, and HMCS Iroquois leave HalifaxHarbour for a training exercise in 2006. Ville de Quebec is currently docked in Mombasa, Kenya, preparing to escort UN food shipments to Somalia. (Tim Krochak / Staff)
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Frigate spots pirate victims on radar; HMCS Ville de Quebec under orders not to stop out of concern for hostages
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The crew of a Halifax-based frigate got a glimpse of piracy as it sailed around the Horn of Africa en route to its mission escorting food shipments into Somalia.
Within the past five days, HMCS Ville de Quebec came within about 25 kilometres of two small bulk carriers that had been seized by Somalian pirates.
"On our radar . . . we had two vessels that we knew had been taken by pirates," Cmdr. Chris Dickinson, the warship's captain, said Tuesday in a telephone interview from the frigate, which is docked in Mombasa, Kenya.
"So the threat is real. It's almost eerie coming down that coast and seeing a radar contact with a name on it . . . and knowing that those vessels are held by pirates."
The Canadian warship is under orders to stay away from vessels that have already been seized by pirates.
"The crew's lives are in danger, and ransoms (of millions of dollars) are being demanded from the companies who own them," Cmdr. Dickinson said.
"The danger with (getting too close or attempting to contact the seized ships) is if we threaten them, they may think that we're the navy special forces coming in to try to do a rescue, and the next thing we've got is dead hostages."
Somalian pirates use high-speed skiffs to approach vessels they plan to seize.
"They clearly know the ocean a little bit and they go out in some pretty bad weather and manage to get on board these big ships," Cmdr. Dickinson said.
"They typically will threaten the ships by firing (rocket-propelled grenades), small arms or mortars at them. So they show that force, get them to slow down, and they have built ladders that they hook onto the sides of vessels to get on board."
Over the next six weeks, Ville de Quebec will sail with food shipments from Mombasa to Mogadishu. The United Nations World Food Program made an urgent request for assistance earlier this summer due to pirate attacks in Somalian waters.
"We're going to take this first one up the coast (today)," Cmdr. Dickinson said.
"We're going to then pick up a large ship coming from South Africa . . . off the Kenyan coast and take him into Mogadishu and come back here for the third one. So we've got a busy few days ahead of us here."
Somalian pirates have attacked 24 vessels this year, and a total of 31 in 2007.
But Cmdr. Dickinson is convinced pirates will leave ships under his protection alone.
"There is no pirate that has systems on board that can take on a $1-billion warship," he said. "It simply is a no-go for them to try to do that."
Ethiopian troops backing Somalia's shaky government are battling Islamic militias. Thousands of civilians have been killed this year, and hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes. Drought and skyrocketing food prices are compounding the dire situation.
The World Food Program, the world's largest humanitarian agency, has said hundreds of thousands of people could die if the organization can't deliver vital supplies of staples, including sorghum, maize, vegetable oil and beans. In November, France provided a frigate to escort food shipments into Somalia. That effort was followed by Danish and Dutch frigates, which escorted ships sailing mostly from Mombasa to Mogadishu.
But the World Food Program, which aims to feed 2.4 million Somalis by December, started looking for more muscle when the Dutch warship left in late June.
"None of the other countries' ships that have been doing this have ever even seen pirates," said Leading Seaman Tyler Hatfield, a member of Ville de Quebec's boarding party who will be sailing on the ships carrying food.
"For small boats, a (warship) of this size, this well-armed, it's extraordinarily unlikely (pirates) would approach it, and if they do, I don't believe they'll even get anywhere close to the World Food Program ships. The visual presence will probably scare them off before anyone has to actually do anything."
The combination 35 C heat and high humidity makes peak temperatures feel like 50 C, said the sailor who carries about 16 kilograms of weapons, ammunition and body armour to do his job.
"We're right on the equator, so the heat is pretty extreme during the day," said the 30-year-old.
"You've really got to make sure you drink a lot of water."
Ordinary Seaman Matthew Bergmann will also be doing 12-hour shifts aboard the civilian vessels Ville de Quebec plans to escort into Somalia.
"The ship is the main weapon; we're going to be standing by to protect the food and the crew," Ordinary Seaman Bergmann said.
"We think we're ready for pretty much any scenario, but we're still hoping for the best."
The bosun said he's "terribly optimistic" about the mission.
"Just one ship is enough to feed a million people," said the 22-year-old. "If you can do that in one sail, that's awesome."( )

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Re: Halifax frigate to Somalia
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2008, 12:51:36 »
PUBLICATION:    The Chronicle-Herald
DATE:           2008.08.26
SECTION:        Metro
PAGE:           B2
BYLINE:         Jennifer Stewart Staff Reporter
ILLUSTRATION:   A boarding party returns to HMCS Ville de Quebec afterescorting 5,000 tonnes of food aboard the Abdul Rahman to Mogadishu, Somalia. (Cpl Dany Veillette / Marlant HQ)
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HMCS Ville de Quebec escorts 5,000 tonnes of food to Somalia
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While posted in an area known for pirates, civil war and terrorism, crew members aboard HMCS Ville de Quebec got to spread a little good last weekend.
The Halifax-based frigate completed its first escort mission Sunday morning, helping to deliver 5,000 tonnes of food to starving Somalis in Mogadishu.
"Food was going to leave that ship and go feed someone, and that's something navies don't often get to see - a result," Cmdr. Chris Dickinson said in a phone interview off the coast of Somalia Monday. "I've been off Yugoslavia, working there in a submarine; I've been involved in the war on terrorism. This was a totally different feeling.
"It was good, I'll tell ya, it was good."
The Ville de Quebec accompanied the vessel Abdul Rahman to a spot about two kilometres from the shore of war-torn Mogadishu. There the ship was met by African Union soldiers, who are working on land with the United Nations forces.
The Canadian frigate is scheduled to do another escort into Mogadishu this morning with a North Korean ship called the Zang Za San Chong Nyon Ho.
"The ship's company is totally hyped about it because it is something that is so totally different than anything we've done before," Cmdr. Dickinson said of the six-week deployment protecting United Nations World Food Programme shipments from pirates.
He said already this year, 24 vessels have been attacked and seven were taken over and still being held by the rogue seamen.
"It's this really weird, eerie feeling working around here," the commander said. "I just couldn't imagine off the coast of Nova Scotia a vessel being held by pirates, sitting a couple of miles off the coast, and the police or nobody doing anything about it.
"It gives you a sense of the lawlessness around here."
He described Mogadishu as a city torn apart by civil strife, with no infrastructure and little hope.
"It's not a nice place," Cmdr. Dickinson admitted.
Ethiopian troops backing Somalia's shaky government are battling Islamic militias in the area. Thousands of civilians have been killed this year, and hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes.
Drought and skyrocketing food prices are making a bad situation even worse.
All of these issues are a concern for the Canadian troops, especially as they get closer to land, Cmdr. Dickinson said.
"It's the stray shell that might hit us or somebody taking a potshot at us or a terrorist," he said. "It's these pirates and civil war and terrorism altogether that makes for, as I call it, a very interesting escort."
Despite all this, Cmdr. Dickinson said he doesn't doubt for a second that his crew wants to be there.
Just prior to speaking with The Chronicle Herald on Monday, the commander was working on a message to his men and women. He read the note aloud to try to explain his feelings about the mission.
"Rarely in life do we achieve something that we know is special, is right and has made a difference in a world full of hate and strife," he read.
"On the morning of Aug. 25, the crew of HMCS Ville de Quebec got an opportunity to experience that feeling."

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Re: Halifax frigate to Somalia
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2008, 14:17:23 »
PUBLICATION:    National Post
DATE:           2008.09.15
EDITION:        National
SECTION:        Canada
PAGE:           A8
BYLINE:         Matthew Fisher
SOURCE:         Canwest News Service
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Canadian destroyer wards off pirates; Somalis flee before they can board freighter
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A Canadian warship has helped thwart a pirate attack on an Italian freighter in the Gulf of Aden.
HMCS Iroquois was off the Yemeni coast and 60 kilometres away from the MV Orsolina Bottiglieri when it was pursued by Somali pirates just after sunset on Sept. 3.
"We received a call on the radio and the captain declared that they were being followed," said Commodore Bob Davidson, the Canadian who commands a coalition task force assigned to protect ships in the Gulf of Aden from the growing number of Somali pirates who have been seizing ships and holding their cargoes and crews for ransom.
As the Halifax-based destroyer closed quickly on the Orsolina Bottiglieri, a helicopter from a nearby American warship was also sent to the scene. These actions caused the pirates to flee before they could board the freighter, which was carrying a load of barley from Ukraine to Iran.
"They were using small, fast boats that are pretty hard to find in the dark and we lost them, but we were able to help that fellow [the Italian ship] out," said Commodore Davidson, who transfers command of Task Force 150 to a Danish commodore today in Bahrain. "The captain also helped himself by rigging fire houses, having all his lights on and by manoeuvring towards us."
Somali pirates are currently holding at least six vessels and their crews and have been involved in several dozen other violent incidents in the Gulf of Aden this year. Since Canada took command of Task Force 150 three months ago, the flotilla has disrupted at least 11 pirate gangs as they tried to board ships across a vast 110,000-square-kilometre area.
Iroquois and the West Coastbased HMCS Calgary and HMCS Protecteur entered the Indian Ocean in June. The warships were joined last month by HMCS Ville de Quebec, which was responding to an emergency appeal by the UN's World Food Program to protect emergency food shipments to drought-ravaged Somalia.
Since then Ville de Quebec has safely escorted freighters carrying more than 21,400 tonnes of UN food through waters made dangerous by years of civil war and terrorism as well as piracy. That has been enough food to feed 100,000 people for one year, with several more ships to be escorted into Mogadishu harbour by Ville de Quebec before the end of the month.
Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2002, Canada's army has received far more political and public scrutiny in recent years than the navy.
"Our soldiers are getting killed in Afghanistan and they deserve the weight of our attention," Commodore Davidson said. "The effort that Canada is putting in there deserves top billing. But what we are doing reminds the Canadian people that this is about more than Afghanistan.
"Canadians perhaps don't understand how much we are a maritime nation. It isn't just about oil, but the price of our groceries and whether we can afford to take vacations. Our navy has a major role to play in diplomacy around the world."
As well as deterring pirates, Canadian sailors have also hunted for smugglers who use the northern Indian Ocean to smuggle contraband to support al-Qaida and Taliban terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region.
The deployment of 1,000 of Canada's 8,000 sailors to the far side of the world is the Canadian navy's largest undertaking since it sent six warships to the region immediately after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. Despite a steep increase in the price of fuel earlier this summer, Commodore Davidson's mission is expected to come in under its $56-million budget.
Calgary and Protecteur, which have been on a 196 day, 40,000 nautical mile around-the-world journey that began in April and has involved transits of the Panama and Suez Canals, are now taking part in a brief exercise with the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal near the port of Chennai (Madras).


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Re: Halifax frigate to Somalia
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2008, 16:01:20 »

"Our soldiers are getting killed in Afghanistan and they deserve the weight of our attention," Commodore Davidson said. "The effort that Canada is putting in there deserves top billing. But what we are doing reminds the Canadian people that this is about more than Afghanistan.
"Canadians perhaps don't understand how much we are a maritime nation. It isn't just about oil, but the price of our groceries and whether we can afford to take vacations. Our navy has a major role to play in diplomacy around the world."

I think that was very nicely put.

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Re: Halifax frigate to Somalia
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2008, 10:47:25 »
Here, reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act from today’s Globe and Mail, is another story about CTF 150:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080915.wpiratesweb0915/BNStory/Front/home

Canadian warships ply African coast in hunt for pirates
MARK MACKINNON

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

September 15, 2008 at 10:00 PM EDT

ABOARD THE HMCS IROQUOIS, MANAMA, BAHRAIN — Brandishing Kalashnikov assault rifles, the speedboat full of heavily armed pirates pulled alongside a defenceless Italian merchant ship. As they prepared to board the vessel, intending to seize whatever riches they found aboard, the Italian captain sent out a distress call and a gunboat flying the colours of Her Majesty's navy came steaming to his aid, forcing the pirates to flee.

The dramatic rescue-at-sea isn't something from the history books or the plot of an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster. It happened last week off the coast of lawless Somalia, where incidents of old-fashioned piracy are commonplace again. The ship that steamed to the Italian captain's assistance was a Canadian destroyer, HMCS Iroquois.

It was a semi-routine day for those who, until Monday, were serving in Canada's second-largest military deployment abroad after Afghanistan: A thousand sailors aboard three warships looking for trouble in some of the wildest waters anywhere.

The three ships – the Iroquois, along with HMCS Calgary, a frigate, and HMCS Protecteur, a supply and refuelling ship – spent the past three-and-a-half months serving in a multinational force known as Combined Task Force 150, with the Iroquois serving as the flagship of what is usually a 15-ship group. Their mandate stretched from the tense waters of the Strait of Hormuz, where coalition warships were often in close quarters with the Iranian navy, to the Egypt's Suez Canal.

With a surge of naval hijackings and hostage takings off the Somali coast posing a threat to commercial traffic through the Gulf of Aden, the Iroquois and CTF-150 spent much of their time hunting elusive pirates. The International Maritime Bureau has documented 49 incidents of piracy in the gulf so far in 2008, compared with 34 for all of last year.

Many of those have occurred in the past month, including the Sept. 3 kidnapping of a French couple aboard a 50-foot luxury yacht; their captors are demanding a $1.4-million ransom. Last week, a South Korean cargo ship was seized in the Gulf of Aden, along with all 21 of its crew, on the same day that another pirate crew fired machine-gun rounds at a Greek vessel in the area.

Commodore Bob Davidson, who finished his tour as commander of CTF-150 on Monday, said the rise of piracy in Somali waters was a reflection of the instability inside that country, which has been mired for decades in destitution and civil war. He characterized most of the pirates as “desperate people” who had fallen in with organized-crime.

The more success the pirates have had in attacking traffic in the Gulf of Aden, the more brazen they become, and the more Somalis they've been able to draw into their ranks.

“There has been an increase [in pirate attacks]. What is driving it now is the realization that there's money to be made here. So the pirates have upgraded their capacity,” Commodore Davidson said in an interview aboard the Iroquois shortly after a ceremony in which Canada formally handed over leadership of CTF-150 to Denmark.

“You're looking at an area where there's lots of fighters, there's lots of weapons.” These aren't the romanticized pirates of lore who sailed the high seas under the skull-and-crossbones flag. Most of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden, Commodore Davidson said, were carried out by small groups of men who use small, fast vessels to pull alongside larger ships and then force their way aboard with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

Such small craft are hard for the coalition ships to spot, and even harder for them to stop. On a dozen or so occasions that Commodore Davidson said his ships came across a pirate attack in progress, the marauders quickly fled before the coalition forces could apprehend them.

“There's nothing quite like the arrival of a grey hull and all the firepower that goes with it to cause these guys to scatter,” Commodore Davidson said with a tight-lipped grin.

While unabashedly proud of the work his sailors had done under his command – including the boarding of 190 suspicious vessels, some inside Somali coastal waters – Commodore Davidson admits that 15 ships can do little to halt piracy in an area as large as the Gulf of Aden, with annual traffic of 20,000 ships, especially when CTF-150 had other tasks as well. He said the flotilla's main goal was just to make its presence felt in those otherwise lawless waters.

The incoming Danish commander of the CTF-150 seemed slightly intimidated by the task he had just agreed to take on. In addition to Canada and Denmark, the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Pakistan contribute ships to CTF-150.

“This problem cannot be solved by military presence at sea; … at some stage there needs to be solutions ashore, otherwise it's just too easy for pirates to operate from their bases on shore. It doesn't matter how many [war]ships we pull into an area, they will still be able to hijack ships if they can operate safely from a base in the area,” Commodore Per Christensen said.

Just how 1,000 Canadian sailors ended up hunting for pirates off the coast of Somalia is a complicated story. Some might call it mission drift: CTF-150 was initially created under Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. military response against al-Qaeda and the Taliban after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

As U.S.-led forces prepared to invade Afghanistan, a coalition armada assembled in the Arabian Sea. Six Canadian warships, including the hulking, 36-year-old Iroquois, sped to the region.

Over the intervening seven years, the mission shifted from supporting the Afghanistan war to aiding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. More recently, the force – which is under the regional command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain – has taken on the broader, less tangible task of providing security and stability across an area that's more than six million square kilometres in size. Inexorably, CTF-150, which was created to fight terrorists, found itself chasing pirates.

Commodore Davidson, for one, doesn't see anything strange about how the mission has evolved. A submariner by trade, he compared the anti-piracy effort to eliminating background noise so that they could focus on what the real enemy, which he said is still al-Qaeda, is up to.

“Operation Enduring Freedom started as counter-terrorism. But looking for terrorists in a maritime environment is a major challenge,” he said. “There's a lot of illicit activity, smuggling, … then buried inside all of that are the nasty people, the terrorists, who are trying to do harm to others. So, Operation Enduring Freedom, although principally targeted at that bottom layer of terrorists, has to deal with some of the other layers, just to simplify the environment so you can find what you're looking for.”

The Canadian and coalition ships actually saw far more of the Iranian navy than they did suspected pirates. Despite rising international tensions and tit-for-tat threats over Iran's nuclear program, Commodore Davidson said his dealings with the Iranians were always “very professional and very courteous.”

After more than three months at sea, the Iroquois, Calgary and Protecteur begin the journey home on Tuesday after a wary last lap through the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal. A fourth Canadian warship, the frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec, will remain in the region providing protection to World Food Program ships delivering food aid into Somalia.

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Re: Ships To Head Out
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2011, 16:26:08 »
Just wondering if anyone knows what the next few ships are going to be for the rotation to the Gulf. Thanks.

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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2011, 17:05:01 »
Just wondering if anyone knows what the next few ships are going to be for the rotation to the Gulf. Thanks.

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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2011, 17:46:52 »
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HMCS Regina Boarding Party
« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2012, 19:07:04 »
The targets looked to me like lumberjacks ? This might not make those guys too happy. ;D
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Members of the naval boarding party from HMCS Regina disembark from a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) via a jump ladder in the Arabian Sea during Operation ARTEMIS on September 4, 2012.




A naval boarding party member onboard HMCS Regina conducts a small arms exercise while deployed on Operation ARTEMIS in the Arabian Sea on September 3, 2012.




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Re: HMCS Regina Boarding Party
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2012, 19:39:39 »
There are a series of target images and the lumberjack porn star is one of them.

I still see we are having issues with the Hazardous Duty Life Jackets deploying early.

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Re: HMCS Regina Boarding Party
« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2012, 21:00:48 »
Thought that was the construction dude from The Village People for a sec...
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Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2013, 13:03:09 »
This piece was circulated today on the Gunner net. BZ Bird Gunners!

By Petty Officer 2nd Bradley Breland
 
A warship in the middle of the ocean is not an obvious place to find four gunners - that is, soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. If you look closely at a photo of the crew of HMCS Regina, however, in among the sailors' naval combat uniforms you will see the green CADPAT and unit identifiers of four members of 128 Air Defence Battery, 4th Air Defence Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, from Gagetown, New Brunswick. As members of the second UAV troop to go to sea, the gunners joined HMCS Regina in July 2012 for her deployment to the Arabian Sea on Rotation 1 of Operation ARTEMIS. The first ship-borne UAV deployed in late 2011 with HMCS Charlottetown, which completed Operation METRIC in the Mediterranean Sea before moving to the Arabian Sea in April 2012 for the initial rotation of Operation ARTEMIS.

As part of HMCS Regina's Air Department, Sergeant Pete Sova, Bombardier Levi Sheppard, Bdr Kendall Hartjes and Bdr Justin Kovacs operate the ship's ScanEagle UAV, working with the crews of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter to provide aerial surveillance and reconnaissance of the ship's area of responsibility.
The soldiers didn't take long to realize that life at sea was vastly different from training in Gagetown and operations in Afghanistan. "Before joining Regina, I had never even seen a ship!", said Bdr Kovacs, the most junior member of the UAV team, who is on his first operational deployment. "There's a lot of terminology to learn." "There are a lot of strange traditions in the Royal Canadian Navy, and it is a very different environment from what we're used to" said Bdr Sheppard, "but the Navy has been extremely accommodating to us and there has been a smooth amalgamation of the three elements on board: Army, Navy and Air Force." Bdr Hartjes, a quiet, experienced soldier, said that although life at sea is a big change from their traditional operating environment, "the ports are great, especially Hawaii."

Although their uniforms are green, their faces are not. All three soldiers are proud to point out that they haven't been seasick. "Well, not yet," said Bdr Sheppard.
The gunners' previous experience was entirely land-based, so integrating the UAV into the ship's operations presented them with some major challenges. In comparison with operations in Afghanistan, said Sgt Sova, "the challenges we face are similar in a sense that there will always be different variables, such as the objectives of the mission. However at sea, there are many additional variables. Given that we don't remain in place at any time, this changes the parameters in which we employ the UAV - be it weather, sea state, or international water regulations. The UAV team has not only overcome these challenges, but has demonstrated that professional skill, coupled with years of operational experience, will provide an invaluable asset to the ships operational spectrum."

With soldiers in the UAV troop, airmen and airwomen in the helicopter detachment and - of course - the sailors of the rest of the ship's company, HMCS Regina is a truly joint Canadian Forces contribution in a maritime theatre of operations. As only the second UAV troop to deploy in a Canadian warship, Sgt Sova and his team continue the work of developing effective procedures and tactics for maritime employment of the ScanEagle UAV. Excited about future opportunities, Bdr Sheppard said, "We contribute in a huge way, we bring a whole new asset to the ball game!" The significance of their contribution was not lost on Bdr Kovacs. "They don't even know we're looking at them," he said. "The integration is good to see. We're learning about the Air Force and the Navy." With every flight, the UAV troop demonstrates its effectiveness and importance to the ship's mission. "I am extremely proud of this team of UAV operators," said Sgt Sova. "I am proud of their families for their support, and most importantly, proud to be here with them."

Bdr Hartjes has advice for gunners who might volunteer for future tours. "If you're interested in trying something completely different from what you're used to, give it a try," he said.

PO2 Bradley Breland is the Sonar Control Supervisor aboard HMCS Regina

Edit to add link to story in Regina Leader-Post: http://www.leaderpost.com/HMCS+Regina+home+after+completing+five+month+mission/7847777/story.html
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Re: Gunners with the RCN
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2013, 10:32:39 »
I had no idea Gunners operated UAV's thought it was just AESOP's, learn something new everyday.

The idea behind having the UAVs under control of the guns, as opposed to int guys, is that if they spot a target that needs to be engaged quickly the "eyes" are on the same net as the firepower. All artillery batteries in a regiment monitor the Regimental net, and so B Bty could report a target with UAVs and have rounds dropping on it within a couple minutes. Try picking through different arms and levels of command that fast if they were under int control. Furthermore, with arty guys controlling the UAVs, they'll have the knowledge of how to adjust the fire for accuracy.

The surveillance / target acquisition role of UAVs complements the forward observation role that gunners require. And remember that the use of aircraft by the artillery, for target acquisition, predates any other military use of aircraft.
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Re: Gunners with the RCN
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2013, 18:30:06 »
I had no idea Gunners operated UAV's thought it was just AESOP's, learn something new everyday.

The smaller RPAs (ScanEagle) are operated by the Army.  The larger RPAs (e.g. when we used to operate Heron) were operated by the Air Force with Pilots/ACSOs as the Air Vehicle Operator and AESOPs as the Payload Operator.
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Re: Gunners with the RCN
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2013, 18:48:40 »
The Maverick MUAVs are also operated by the Army.
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Leading Seaman Brandon South Dies in Tanzania
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2014, 16:35:56 »
It is being reported that an unidentified sailor from HMCS REGINA has died in Tanzania.
There is no information yet on cause of death.


http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/04/22/canadian_sailor_dies_on_leave_in_tanzania.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27120499

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Re: Sailor Dies in Tanzania
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2014, 18:25:26 »
RIP Sailor.  :salute: :cdn:
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Re: Sailor Dies in Tanzania
« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2014, 18:33:42 »
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« Reply #32 on: April 23, 2014, 01:10:31 »
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Re: Sailor Dies in Tanzania
« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2014, 16:18:33 »
News release from MARPAC:

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Identity of Canadian Armed Forces member who died in Tanzania released

The identity of a member of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina who died in hospital in Tanzania on April 21, has been released. Leading Seaman Brandon South was en route to Canada for a scheduled leave period from the ship, which is currently sailing in the Indian Ocean. The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated at this time.

Quick Facts

• Leading Seaman Brandon South joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2000. He was serving with HMCS Regina on Operation ARTEMIS as a sonar operator at the time of his death. He was based out of CFB Esquimalt, British Columbia.

• The Canadian Military Police are working with authorities in Dar Es Salaam to investigate the matter.

• Operation ARTEMIS is the Canadian Armed Forces’ current participation in maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea, which demonstrates Canada’s solidarity with partners and allies as we continue to work together for peace and security in the maritime environment of the greater Middle East region.

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“I am deeply saddened by the death of Leading Seaman Brandon South, which occurred while he was deployed overseas. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues, and we will ensure that support is provided for them during their time of need.”

Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Leading Seaman South. His presence will be dearly missed by all the ship’s company of HMCS Regina.”

Commander Daniel Charlebois, Commanding Officer HMCS Regina

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Re: Sailor Dies in Tanzania
« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2014, 20:07:41 »
Brandon was a big guy in pretty much every sense of the word.  He was a friendly giant, with a big personality that could fill a space, and a big heart that helped his shipmates through any trial.  Rest in peace, Brandon.  Your watch is over.   :salute:
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I'll move this to a better thread once we hear what's announced - any speculation?
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DH's list of possibilities.

1. Full withdrawal of the CP-140M from Op Impact XX June 2017.   Lets call it "Op Pause".

2. Implementation of Taco Tuesday at all kitchens CF wide.  Where ever you are, you know you are getting a taco on Tuesday!  We already have steaks on Thursdays and Fish on Fridays.

3. Implementation of the boot allowance.  This would force troops to think of a different question to ask during townhalls.

4.  Financial contribution to the mission in Afghanistan...




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DH's list of possibilities.

1. Full withdrawal of the CP-140M from Op Impact XX June 2017.   Lets call it "Op Pause".

2. Implementation of Taco Tuesday at all kitchens CF wide.  Where ever you are, you know you are getting a taco on Tuesday!  We already have steaks on Thursdays and Fish on Fridays.

3. Implementation of the boot allowance.  This would force troops to think of a different question to ask during townhalls.

4.  Financial contribution to the mission in Afghanistan...

I'd personally be happiest with #2 with the caveat being they offer a black bean vegan option   ;D

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Watch live @: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/defence-minister-on-canada-s-international-counterterrorism-effort-live-1.2969325


Defence minister on Canada's international counterterrorism effort LIVE
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Watch live @: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/defence-minister-on-canada-s-international-counterterrorism-effort-live-1.2969325


Defence minister on Canada's international counterterrorism effort LIVE
Thx for that.

And now, we have it - highlights mine ...
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The Government of Canada is committed to taking concrete action so that Canadians – and people around the world – can feel safe and secure. As threats to our safety become increasingly complex, it is more important than ever for Canada to work in close cooperation with our allies and partners to protect our citizens.

Keeping with the Government of Canada’s commitment to work with our allies and partners to fight terrorism and bring about greater peace and security in the Middle East and East Africa, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Parliamentary Secretary Jean Rioux today announced an extension of Canada’s contribution to international maritime security operations.

Extending Operation ARTEMIS until April 30, 2021 ensures Canada’s continued contribution to maritime security and counter-terrorism efforts along a vital artery of world trade for the next four years.


Through this renewal of Operation ARTEMIS the Canadian Armed Forces is authorized to deploy a number of maritime assets to the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), to bolster security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean.

This maritime region, which spans over 5 million square kilometers of international waters, includes the main shipping routes from the Far East to Europe and North America. Canada’s presence, along with like-minded allies and partners, promotes safe passage for merchant vessels and supports regional stability and economic trade routes.

By denying criminal organizations the ability to smuggle weapons, illicit cargo, and narcotics, CTF 150 is also taking away their access to millions of dollars in funding that could be used for illicit purposes.

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    “Today’s global environment is complex and dangerous, with threats to safety and security that are increasingly interconnected. The Government of Canada’s renewed commitment to counter-terrorism efforts is vital to building a safer and more prosperous world. I’m incredibly proud of the women and men contributing to the success of Operation ARTEMIS and know that their hard work will continue to deliver real results that benefit not only Canada, but the global community.”

    — Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

Quick Facts

    The renewal of Op ARTEMIS authorizes the Canadian Armed Forces to:
        Deploy up to 375 personnel;
        Seek command of CTF 150 twice during the four year mandate;
        Provide a Halifax-class frigate once every two years and a CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft once each year;
        Enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 2317 related to the arms embargo and the ban on the import and export of charcoal into or out of Somalia.

    The Government of Canada is providing up to $131.4 million in funding to support the four year extension of Operation Artemis to April 30, 2021.

    Canada has been promoting peace and security in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean region since 2001, first through Operations APOLLO and ALTAIR, and most recently through Operation ARTEMIS, Canada’s contribution to CTF 150 since 2012.

    Canada recently completed its third command rotation of CTF 150 in April 2017.

    The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multi-national naval partnership established by the United States in 2002. The CMF is comprised of three Task Forces: CTF 150 (maritime security), CTF 151 (counter-piracy), and CTF 152 (Arabian Gulf security and cooperation).

    Over the past year, CTF 150 has denied criminal networks access to millions of dollars from illicit trafficking by seizing and destroying nearly 2,700 kg of narcotics and more than 3,300 weapons.
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DH's list of possibilities.

1. Full withdrawal of the CP-140M from Op Impact XX June 2017.   Lets call it "Op Pause".

Well..unless the GoC does this part...we will be right back where we were before they cut the IMPACT Det to 1 tail.   ::)

As one of the Sqn's  skippers commented a few minutes ago on his FB "should I be surprised, or not surprised, to learn about the next deployment for my aircraft on the news online"?   ^-^

I am calling the operation Op Arthritis for NASOs, because that's what we'll have after updating trackers for months at a time.   ;D
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Well..unless the GoC does this part...we will be right back where we were before they cut the IMPACT Det to 1 tail.   ::)

Well, from the GoC press release, it seems like they're only sending the Aurora once per year.  So, it doesn't look like a continuous presence there *fingers crossed*.
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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #44 on: May 30, 2017, 00:59:38 »
It won't be continuous, based on the wording.  It looks like it will be a deployment of weeks to months every year.

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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #45 on: May 30, 2017, 07:35:03 »
It won't be continuous, based on the wording.  It looks like it will be a deployment of weeks to months every year.

I'd be shocked if it was anything less than 3-6 months (6 months split between 2 crews). 

Other nations don't just stop by for a few weeks then return home. 



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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #46 on: May 30, 2017, 08:11:48 »
Other nations don't just stop by for a few weeks then return home.

You're just going to hurt yourself assessing Canadian security and defence thinking based on "other nations."   ;)

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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #47 on: May 30, 2017, 13:13:51 »
I'd be shocked if it was anything less than 3-6 months (6 months split between 2 crews). 

You're probably right.

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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #48 on: May 30, 2017, 16:08:24 »
The wording also could be taken to mean the '140 deployment won't be until 2018.   :dunno:  I am at an op sqn and I have no idea.   :rofl:
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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #49 on: May 30, 2017, 17:19:24 »
The wording also could be taken to mean the '140 deployment won't be until 2018.   :dunno:  I am at an op sqn and I have no idea.   :rofl:

I don't think (I could very well be wrong) that anything is happening until 2018.  That means CP-140 in 18, 19, 20, and 21; and CPF in 18 and 20.

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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #50 on: May 30, 2017, 20:20:24 »
I've gone out the door on deployments in well less than a week (of the 3 month kind), less than 48 hours for the *less than a month kind*.

So...like some others, I am holding my breath, and concurrently knocking off my high readiness *stuff*.  No official announcement has come that IMPACT is winding down (for LRP folks) and the GoC just announced a new OP the 140 is heading to.

Having seen the op tempo from the inside of the box for a few years now personally...well,  I spent today checking my requirements and getting myself GREEN.   :2c:  I had a REALLY short fuse on my last trip away.
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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #51 on: June 12, 2017, 13:33:38 »
Bumping with the latest from Combined Maritime Forces (12 Jun 2017):
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Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb have highlighted that there are still risks associated with transits through these waters. In addition to several attempts at piracy, attacks by small, high speed boats using small arms, rocket propelled grenades, and significant amounts of explosives have been conducted against MV GALICIA SPIRIT in October 2016 and MT MUSKIE in May 2017. In the case of the MT Muskie, the ship’s embarked security team was able to thwart the attack resulting in the small boats breaking off their attack and one boat exploding for an unknown reason at a safe distance from the Muskie. While these small boat attacks were both unsuccessful, and the identity of the attackers remains unknown, they demonstrate a new threat to the maritime community.

In response to these threats the Combined Maritime Forces will be increasing the naval presence in the western Gulf of Aden. It is important to note however that these attacks can develop rapidly and having warships positioned for an effective response depends on information provided by the shipping community ...
Things seem to be getting busier where the Canadian ships/patrol planes are going to be headed ...
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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #52 on: June 12, 2017, 20:49:12 »
When did the GoC/Liberals say the CAF people would actually be going again?   :pop:
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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #53 on: June 13, 2017, 01:07:07 »
When did the GoC/Liberals say the CAF people would actually be going again?   :pop:

Based on their wording and the timeline given, it looks like 2018 will see a frigate and a CP-140 deployed.

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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #54 on: June 13, 2017, 08:47:59 »
Who knows eh?  They didn't actually give dates is my point.   
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Re: Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)
« Reply #55 on: April 01, 2019, 13:44:54 »
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Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina has set sail! Read more: https://bit.ly/2JWyeou

Regina and its embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, a CP-140 Aurora aircraft and Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix have joined the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on Operation ARTEMIS in the Middle Eastern and East African waters. They will work with other coalition ships to patrols waters, and the CP-140 Aurora will conduct maritime surveillance.

From the "Read More" link above:

Canada increases contribution to multinational counter-terrorism naval task force

News release

April 1st, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

Canada has significantly increased its contribution to Operation ARTEMIS, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina, Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix, and a CP-140 Aurora aircraft have joined the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150).  CTF 150 is a task force under Combined Maritime Forces, a naval coalition of 33 nations, that promotes security and stability in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

HMCS Regina, along with its embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, and NRU Asterix will work in concert with several other coalition ships to patrol the waters of the Arabian Gulf and off the east coast of Africa, and the CP-140 Aurora will be used to conduct maritime surveillance. All of these efforts are in support of CTF 150’s mandate to enforce maritime security and the free-flow of international trade and commerce in some of the world’s busiest and most challenging waterways.
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