August 6, 2019 –HMCS Ottawa departed Esquimalt today for a four-and-a-half-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region on Operations PROJECTION and NEON.
Operation PROJECTION contributes to the Canadian Armed Forces’ persistent maritime presence in the region. Operation NEON is Canada’s contribution to a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea. The imposed UN sanctions aim to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs and respond to North Korean nuclear weapon tests and ballistic missile launches. While deployed, HMCS Ottawa will work with partner navies and conduct key leader engagements to enhance military cooperation and partnerships in support of Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the region.
HMCS Ottawa will also make six port visits in four countries including Japan, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the United States. These port visits will directly support Canada’s diplomatic, strategic and operational efforts in the region.
This deployment follows a succession of Royal Canadian Navy deployments to the region, the most recent of which was HMCS Regina, supported by Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix and a CP-140 Aurora aircraft, from February to August 2019.
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