Your Navy Today - December 2018

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HMCS Moncton

Operation CARIBBE wraps up

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Moncton returned to Halifax on December 11, 2018 after a two month deployment patrolling Caribbean waters, contributing to regional security efforts to counter illicit trafficking. HMC Ships Edmonton and Nanaimo returned to Esquimalt after two months patrolling the Eastern Pacific on December 18, 2018. This was after HMCS Edmonton helped the United States Coast Guard offload over 7,000 kgs of seized narcotics on December 7.

NRU Asterix

Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific concludes

HMCS Calgary and NRU Asterix returned home from a five-month deployment on December 18, 2018. The ships sailed on Op PROJECTION from July 31 to December 18, 2018. Throughout the deployment, HMCS Calgary and NRU Asterix participated in engagements that further strengthened our ability to work with partner nations to effectively conduct combined maritime operations. HMCS Calgary also contributed to multinational efforts to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions related to North Korea.

HMCS Summerside

HMC Ships Summerside and Glace Bay assist in Search and Rescue operation

While sailing home from overseas operations, HMCS Glace Bay and HMCS Summerside assisted the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard in rescuing 4 people stranded on a sailboat, approximately 385 kilometers south of Nova Scotia. The ships returned to port on December 19, 2018.

HMCS Ville de Québec makes port visit in Haifa, Israel

HMCS Ville de Québec conducted a port visit to Haifa, Israel, from 13 to 16 December, 2018. While alongside in Haifa, the ship hosted the Canadian Head of Mission, our Israeli counterparts and took part in a series of stakeholder engagements and community outreach, including a visit of the Israel Canada Hockey School and welcoming Canadian Embassy staff to the ship. The ship also hosted the Commander Royal Canadian Navy Vice-Admiral Lloyd and Commander Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant-General Meinzinger during the stop.

HMCS Toronto prepares for New Year

HMCS Toronto conducted preparations throughout the month to ensure the ship and ship’s company is in all respects ready for its upcoming deployment on Op REASSURANCE in the New Year.

CH-148 Cyclone

HMCS St. John’s welcomes the Cyclone

HMCS St. John’s conducted trials and successfully operated and embarked a CH 148 Cyclone helicopter from 12 Wing while underway at sea.


Canada assumes command of multinational naval task force

Commodore Darren Garnier of the Canadian Armed Forces officially assumed command of CTF 150 on December 6, 2018 during a change of command ceremony held at Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.


CTF 150 celebrates largest narcotics seizure in Combined Maritime Forces history

Under the command of Commodore Darren Garnier, Royal Canadian Navy, Combined Task Force 150 and HMS Dragon recently conducted the largest drug haul in Combined Maritime Forces history, seizing and destroying just shy of 10,000 kg of illegal narcotics from two dhows.

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott recognized

Trustees from Canada’s Naval Memorial Trust hosted members of the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott, to recognize the significant work accomplished to restore HMCS Sackville and get it back in the water during phase 1 of the refit.


Liz Hoffman Memorial Commendation

Naval officers recognized for seeking to improve relations with Indigenous peoples

A team of five naval officers who served in HMCS Nanaimo were awarded a 2018 Liz Hoffman Memorial Commendation for seeking to improve relations between the Royal Canadian Navy and Indigenous peoples.

The Sea King helicopter retires after 55 years of service

The Sea King was more than just a helicopter. The Navy’s longest range weapon and sensor, its introduction in the 1960s fundamentally changed the nature of naval operations worldwide.



Lieutenant(Navy) Kay van Akker

Meet Lieutenant(Navy) Kay van Akker who is helping to lead the Naval Security Team, and discusses the unique opportunities this provides.



Vice-Admiral Lloyd and Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Vigneault

Vice-Admiral Lloyd and Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Vigneault visit Sea Cadet Zander Power at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Check out this infographic outlining the accomplishments of Op CARIBBE for 2018.

HMCS Edmonton breaks record of total illicit substance disruption on Op CARIBBE!

HMCS Moncton returns after 2 months at sea on Op CARIBBE.

HMCS Calgary and NRU Asterix return from Op PROJECTION Asia-Pacific on December 18, 2018.



Watch the Op PROJECTION deployment summary video.

Happy Holidays from the Royal Canadian Navy!

Watch the Royal Canadian Navy’s Year in Review video!



HMCS Ville de Québec’s embarked Cyclone helicopter, Avalanche, reached 500 flying hours while conducting diver deployment training in the North Atlantic on Op REASSURANCE.

HMCS Toronto departs Halifax for a six-month overseas deployment on Op REASSURANCE on January 19, 2019.

Thanks to the Toronto Raptors for hosting our Royal Canadian Navy sailors during CAF appreciation night!