Naval Security Team

 

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) relies on various groups and units within its organization to ensure that its ships and personnel are protected, both at home in Canada and around the world.

One of those groups is the Naval Security Team, which is specially trained to provide an extra layer of land and sea-based security -- called enhanced force protection -- to deployed RCN assets.

Relationship with a ship’s company

When the team is sent to support to a ship’s company on deployment, it allows the crew to take much-needed leave during longer deployments or to focus on other tasks, such as maintenance.

Operations

The unit is self-sustaining and is able to operate in established or rudimentary sea ports anywhere in the world.

Some of the operations that the NST has supported since its inception in 2017 include:

  • Op PROJECTION Asia-Pacific
    • In June in 2018, the NST deployed to Suva, Fiji to provide enhanced force protection to HMCS Vancouver and to train with the Republic of Fiji Navy.
    • In 2018, team members guided several workshops for the Republic of Fiji Navy in their initiative to integrate women into their organization – an initiative that has now seen 26 female recruits successfully pass their first phase of naval training.
    • In June 2017, a team of 68 Naval Reservists deployed to Busan, South Korea to support HMCS Winnipeg’s port visit. Two Defender-class patrol boats provided on-water security while shore-based sentries worked with the ship and the Republic of Korea Navy to satisfy the remaining security needs.

 

  • Op REASSURANCE – Teams deployed twice in 2018 in support of this operation. Forty-two members deployed on each occasion.
    • In March and April, the NST provided two weeks’ of alongside force protection to HMCS St. John’s in Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • In September and October, the team was sent to Piraeus, Greece to provide alongside force protection to HMCS Ville de Quebec, providing reprieve for the crew.

In addition to providing enhanced force protection to RCN assets, team members also work with the militaries of other countries to build capacity.

Structure

Located at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, B.C., the team reports directly to the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific.

Team members are primarily Naval Reservists, with Regular Force members rounding out the team when required. Its standing core of 20 personnel provides expertise and training, and is augmented by a variable number of additional Reservists, based on the requirements of the mission at hand.

Selected personnel train for and deploy on individual missions, and then are stood-down when the mission has been completed.