MARPAC Base & Units

Joint Task Force (Pacific) (JTFP)


Commander Joint Task Force (Pacific) (JTFP) is responsible to Commander  Joint Operations Command for the defence of Canada and for the conduct of all civil support operations within the defined JTFP Area of Responsibility (AOR). When directed, the Commander will intervene for the defence of North America in conjunction with allied forces.

In undertaking these operations, Commander JTFP can command military forces in the AOR as necessary and authorized.

The Joint Operations Command was established on October 5, 2012. . It reaffirmed that the security of Canadians is the first priority for the Canadian Forces. This Command provides the means by which commanders at the national and regional levels have the immediate authority to deploy maritime, land, and air forces in support of domestic operations.

Commander JTFP can respond to any crisis, national defence, security, or emergency assistance requirements in the Pacific Ocean approaches to Western Canada or in British Columbia.

The headquarters is responsible to generate a comprehensive awareness of security defence and domestic situations in the Pacific region. This includes developing contingency plans, and being prepared to implement them in conjunction with our partners.

Commander JTFP is also the Commander MARPAC, the Victoria Search and Rescue Region Commander, and the Regional Cadet Commander.

Canadian Fleet Pacific (CANFLTPAC)

Canadian Fleet Pacific

Canadian Fleet Pacific’s (CANFLTPAC) primary aim is the generation, operation and maintenance of combat-capable, multi-purpose maritime forces, on order from the Commander MARPAC/Commander JTFP, to meet missions and tasks emanating from Canada’s national and international defence objectives.

CANFLTPAC’s primary responsibility is to enhance Canadian and North American security by providing capable ships and highly trained personnel in support of joint maritime and multilateral operations, as well as exercises with other government departments and allied forces.

In a typical year, any CANFLTPAC ship could spend up to 150 days at sea and 175 days away from home port on vital naval activities such as sovereignty patrols, search and rescue operations, international military commitments, individual ship/multi-ship critical training and joint or multilateral exercises.

CANFLTPAC also works closely with aircraft from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Comox and 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Patricia Bay, B.C. With 27,000 kilometres of coastline to patrol and defend, as well as a responsibility for supporting a maritime picture that covers 840,000 square miles, the maritime air assets are critical to CANFLTPAC’s success in meeting its objectives.

CANFLTPAC is made up of a Fleet Headquarters, Coastal Division, Sea Training (Pacific), Naval Tender Section, as well as the ships of the Fleet.

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt

CFB Esquimalt

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt is the second largest military base in Canada and home to one of the country’s three naval formations. Located just west of Victoria, B.C., CFB Esquimalt was first established as a military installation by the Royal Navy in 1855 and has been serving the Royal Canadian Navy since its inception in 1910.

The base is responsible for providing support services to all ships as well as over 6000 military and civilian personnel of both Maritime Forces Pacific, which is responsible for maintaining multi-purpose, combat-capable maritime forces, and Joint Task Force Pacific, which is focussed on the defence of Canada and all civil support operations within the Pacific Region.

In addition to providing support services to both Regular and Reserve Force units, CFB Esquimalt houses organizations such as the Canadian Forces Fleet School, Venture, the Naval Officers Training Centre and Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton. The base is essentially a community within a community, with its own services including police, fire, ambulance, postal, legal, social work and chaplains to name a few. The base’s security forces, along with the Queen’s Harbour Master are responsible for the safety and security of Esquimalt Harbour.

The Base Commander is the landlord of 1,500 buildings spread over 23 sites on nearly 5,000 hectares ranging from Masset to Matsqui. CFB Esquimalt and Maritime Forces Pacific contribute over half a billion dollars annually to the local economy and employ approximately 4000 military personnel and 2000 civilians. The Defence Team is proud of its contributions to the local community through fundraising and volunteering.

FMF Cape Breton

FMF Cape Breton

Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Breton is a strategic naval asset that exists to support the operations of Canadian Pacific Fleet (CANFLTPAC). FMF Cape Breton is responsible to the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific for the provision of effective naval engineering, repair and maintenance services to support the operational capabilities required in the Fleet and other organizations within Maritime Forces Pacific.

In addition to supporting the Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) Group in the provision of services to the Fleet, FMF CAPE BRETON performs a variety of work for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy as well as for other government agencies. It is the most versatile facility of its type on the Canadian west coast, with a highly skilled work force and a broad range of capabilities including submarine support.

FMF Cape Breton was formed April 1, 1996, by amalgamating the former Ship Repair Unit (Pacific), Naval Engineering Unit (Pacific), and Fleet Maintenance Group (Pacific) into one unit. The unit is organized into six departments: Production, Engineering, Operations, Management Systems, Human Resource Services, and Comptroller. The FMF Cape Breton Defence Team consists of approximately 1,091 civilians and 156 military members in a fully integrated workforce.

Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) (FDU(P))

Fleet Diving Unit Pacific

The mission of Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) (FDU(P)) is to provide and maintain assigned warfare, seabed intervention and training capability elements to meet CF requirements as tasked by the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific (COMD MARPAC) through the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific (COMD CANFLTPAC).

FDU(P)’s provides Commander Maritime Forces Pacific with four core warfare capabilities by conducting: Mine Countermeasures (MCM) diving, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Battle Damage Repair (BDR) and Force Protection (FP) support.

A wide variety of diving equipment is held by FDU(P), including the Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus (CABA), which is used for ship repairs and other shallow water tasks. MCM tasks are accomplished using the Canadian Clearance Diver Apparatus (CCDA) and the Canadian Underwater Mine Apparatus (CUMA), both of which are Canadian-designed re-breathers. Other equipment used includes several recompression chambers, underwater welding and cutting gear, hydraulic and pneumatic tools, underwater video and photographic equipment, hand-held and side-scan sonars, and two remotely operated vehicles (ROV): the advanced Seabotix “AURORA” deep underwater vehicle and the miniature “VIDEORAY”.

Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) is Maritime Forces Pacific’s only operational MCM, EOD and BDR unit, and it is at the forefront of diving technology. Increasing integration of Naval Reserve divers in FDU operations provides a pool of trained personnel to assist and conduct ship repair and underwater searches.

The officers and personnel of FDU(P) are ready to respond to any situation and remain true to the unit motto: “Strength in Depth”

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

443 Sqn

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron (443 (MH) Squadron) is the west coast Sea King operational squadron. Although 443 (MH) Squadron is part of 12 Wing Shearwater, its home is based in Patricia Bay, B.C. The mission of 443 (MH) Squadron is to “generate deployable, combat ready personnel and maritime helicopters for employment in the defence of Canada and Canadian interests worldwide.”

The Squadron provides helicopter air detachments known as “HELAIRDETS” to high readiness ships in support of Canadian Fleet Pacific and is equipped with CH-124 Sea King helicopters.

The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

Naden Band

The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is comprised of 35 professional full-time musicians whose primary role within the RCN is to support Naval Operations, ceremonial events, and generate public awareness, helping to facilitate a greater understanding of the role the RCN serves in protecting Canadian interests at home and abroad.  

Over the past 74 years, the Naden Band has established and maintained a reputation of presenting audiences at home and abroad with musical performances of the highest calibre, while taking pride in making a difference within the communities it serves.

Under the direction of Lieutenant (N) Matthew Clark (CD), the band performs in a variety of large and small ensembles ranging from symphonic concert band, marching band, jazz band, Dixieland band, rock and contemporary ensembles as well as brass and woodwind quintets.

Within the RCN, the Naden Band performs a number of ceremonial duties such as parades (Remembrance Day, Battle of Atlantic, Changes of Command), ship departures and arrivals, and military dinners. The band’s presence at such events helps to preserve naval customs and traditions while heightening morale and esprit de corps.

Musical support is integral to many Governmental functions including the opening of the Provincial Legislature, official visits from heads of state, and other events in which the Lieutenant Governor, Prime Minister of Canada, Governor General of Canada or the Royal Family are present.

The Naden Band strives to serve as a role model within the local community by using music as a means to make positive change in the lives of others. In addition to supporting the Military Family Resource Centre and the United Way Government Workplace Charitable Campaign, the band maintains a number of community partnerships and outreach programs, including local music Cadets Corps and educational school concerts. The band has recently engaged in meaningful musical collaborations in the Greater Victoria Area including concerts with the University of Victoria’s School of Music and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir.

Recent Naden Band highlights include:

         2014 Joint concert with the University of Victoria Symphonic Wind Band

         2012/2013 Pacific Tattoo

         2011 CFL Grey Cup Parade and festivities

         2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games (Opening Ceremonies)

         2009-2010 Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games (Torch Relay)

         2010 Canadian Naval Centennial “Sailors & Songs” road show across Canada

         Freedom of the City Parade: 2012 Esquimalt, 2010 Victoria

Request the Naden Band:

If you would like to have the Naden Band perform for an upcoming event, please submit a request by email or regular mail and address your request to:

Rear-Admiral Truelove
Commander Maritime Forces Pacific
PO Box 17000 Station Forces
Victoria, BC V9A 7N2

For more information on the Naden Band and its upcoming events, please visit


NOTC Venture

NOTC Venture

VENTURE is the Naval Officers Training Centre (NOTC) located at Work Point in Esquimalt, B.C. dedicated to the professional education and development of Canada’s future naval leaders.

In addition to Maritime Surface and Sub-surface (MARS) Officer core occupation training, VENTURE also conducts Fleet Navigating Officer, Arctic Operations (Navigation Phase), Command Development, Navigator Yeoman, and Ship Handling courses. VENTURE also supports Canadian Fleet Pacific (CANFLTPAC) though refresher training and command mentorship.

Using a wide range of modern facilities, VENTURE teaches a balance of the theoretical and practical attributes and skills required by naval officers. Naval officer training is conducted within the Vice-Admiral A.L. Collier Building, which houses the Navigation and Bridge Simulator (NABS) – a world-class facility - the Naval Part Task Trainer (NPTT), electronic classrooms and two multimedia theatres.

Additionally, VENTURE conducts the RAVEN Aboriginal Youth Employment Programme, which runs from August to mid-September.  The programme is designed to contribute to the development of Aboriginal Youth by fostering self-confidence, self-discipline, physical fitness, and teamwork.

VENTURE also conducts the Naval Reserve Initial Assessment Periods/Basic Officer Training Program (IAP/BOTP), which runs annually from May to August. The aim of this program is to select and develop naval officers for employment in the Naval Reserve.

Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt


The mission of Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt (CFFSE) is to train the naval defence team, particularly sailors, in the general knowledge and skills required for naval operations.

CFFSE first opened on Oct. 8, 1958, as the Naval Technical School. Today, CFFSE comprises a military and civilian team of more than 360 professionals who conduct hard sea trades training. CFFSE occupies upwards of 12 buildings at CFB Esquimalt and throughout the region.

The School is made up of a headquarters group with six training divisions: combat, seamanship, marine systems engineering, combat systems engineering, damage control, and language training. As well, Camosun College is a training partner that provides academic training previously conducted on the East Coast.

CFFSE operates several computer-based training systems such as the Naval Combat Operations Trainer, the Damage Control Training Facility, the CANTASS Mission Simulator (Pacific), the Command and Control System Trainer, and the Naval Small Arms Trainer.

Base Construction Engineering


The mission of Base Construction Engineering is to provide quality, timely infrastructure support to Maritime Forces Pacific to ensure the Formation can operate, maintain and deploy combat-capable, multipurpose maritime forces on behalf of the Chief of Maritime Staff to meet Canada's national and international commitments.

The Base Construction Engineering Officer (BCEO) is responsible for all building and public works construction, maintenance, and the operation of utility plants and systems. BCE provides emergency services such as emergency repairs, the Base Urban Search and Rescue Team and HAZMAT emergency spill response. BCE also employs and trains the operationally deployable Pacific Naval Construction Troop (PNCT) for missions in support of the Navy and the Canadian Armed Forces for domestic and expeditionary operations.

Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific)


Located at CFB Esquimalt, Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific) (CF H Svcs C (P)) offers outpatient care to all Canadian Armed Fprces members serving within Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), as well as those in other military units throughout the surrounding area.

The clinic offers outpatient services including: primary care, physiotherapy, x-ray, laboratory, ophthalmology, preventative medicine, pharmacy and selected specialist services. Comprehensive mental health services, including pre and post deployment screening, are also provided through the Mental Health Department. 

39 Brigade Group

39 CBG

SPLENDOUR SINE OCASU “Splendour without diminishment”

39 Canadian Brigade Group is an Army Reserve Formation of 3rd Canadian Division. The brigade represents the Army in British Columbia and is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C. 39 CBG was established in March 1997 replacing the previously-titled British Columbia Militia District. Some of the 11 units that belong to 39 Brigade were formed as early as 1883, such as The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own).

The Brigade is dedicated to constant readiness for both domestic and international operations. 39 CBG soldiers are trained, tested and re-qualified to prepare for adverse situations including: earthquake response, emergency bridging, fighting floods and fires and modern warfare in Canadian missions. 39 Brigade soldiers are also expected to operate in hostile environments ranging from urban operations to winter, wilderness and mountainous areas.

The Brigade consists of 11 Army Reserve units represented in communities throughout the province. The following reserve units are supported by CFB Esquimalt:

         4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

         5th (British Columbia) Field Royal Canadian Artillery

         11 (Victoria) Field Ambulance

         39 Signal Regiment:

§  39 Signal Regiment, 3 Squadron

§  39 Signal Regiment, 2 Squadron

§  11 (Victoria) Service Battalion

         Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s)

Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental & Test Ranges


The Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) is a National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) field unit located in Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.

CFMETR provides operation and maintenance of the joint Royal Canadian/United States Navy Nanoose Three-dimensional Underwater Tracking Range and the Jervic Inlet Range.

The Range also provides data analysis of Canadian ship system trials, torpedo exercise firings, and other special trials at the Nanoose Range or other allied tracking ranges as well as development and operation of the Canadian Forces Sonobuoy test ranges.

Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot (CFAD) Rocky Point


Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot (CFAD) Rocky Point is one of four ammunition depots strategically located across Canada. It provides ammunition, explosives and related support services to Canadian Armed Forces operations and Department of National Defence activities.

Opened in 1955, CAF Rocky Point is located southwest of Victoria and occupies approximately 500 acres of property on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. CFAD Rocky Point is a unit of CFB Esquimalt and employs approximately 60 civilians and 5 military personnel.

The depot supports the Canadian Armed Forces by providing high quality ammunition services in a timely and efficient manner.