The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is wrapping up deployments on Operation CARIBBE for 2017. Working collaboratively with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United States-led Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) over the past year, the CAF directly supported the ongoing multinational campaign to disrupt illicit trafficking.
Three Royal Canadian Navy maritime coastal defence vessels and a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft deployed to regions in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Saskatoon, Nanaimo, and Moncton, along with the CP-140 Aurora, assisted our partners in seizing approximately 3,947 kgs of cocaine and disrupting* an estimated 5,104 kgs of cocaine. Their efforts kept an estimated $298 million (USD) of drugs off the streets.
Additionally, in September, HMCS Ottawa, a Halifax-class patrol frigate, patrolled the eastern Pacific with an embarked USGC law enforcement detachment and used its onboard sensors to enhance maritime awareness at a shore-based command center.