December 18, 2018 – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary recently concluded a successful five-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region on Operation PROJECTION and returned to the ship’s home port at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt today.
HMCS Calgary sailed on Operation PROJECTION from August 20 to December 18, 2018. Throughout the deployment, HMCS Calgary participated in engagements that further strengthened partner nations’ abilities to effectively conduct combined maritime operations. The ship supported operations in the region, participated in three multinational maritime engagements (KAKADU 2018 in Australia, and KEEN SWORD and KAEDEX in Japan), and was the first Halifax-class frigate to conduct operations in support of the United Nations Security Council sanctions regime related to North Korea, as part of a multinational initiative alongside partners and allies.
HMCS Calgary’s deployment represents Canada’s second deployment to the Asia-Pacific region under Operation PROJECTION in 2018, following the deployment of HMCS Vancouver from April to June. These deployments are tangible proof of Canada’s determination to have a persistent maritime presence, and to enhance Canada’s network of defence partnerships in the region.