RCN & US Coast Guard Offload 5,100 lbs of Cocaine in San Diego

December 7, 2018 – A Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team member puts a bale of cocaine on a pallet as U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy crews offload more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine Dec. 7, 2018, worth nearly $70 million wholesale, in San Diego following a 49­ day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton with an embedded U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment. The cocaine was seized in international waters off the coast of Central and South America…

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Multinational experiences on Operation CARIBBE

November 16, 2018 – On October 23, 2018 HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Edmonton participated in a cooperative deployment with Armada de la República Mexicana (ARM) Hidalgo and ARM Avior of the Mexican Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock as part of Operation CARIBBE. Aimed at building multinational relationships with our allies and partners, cooperative deployments not only provide opportunities for ships to work and manoeuvre together, but also allow members from each nation to visit and experience each other’s ships. “Being in ARM Hidalgo was really amazing,” says…

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Engineering team keeps HMCS Nanaimo ready to fight

November 16, 2018 – The role of the Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels has certainly evolved in recent years. Originally ordered in an untendered contract by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to replace Bay and Porte Classes in the training role, these 55 meter civil-design vessels are now conducting extended operations such as Operation CARIBBE and have crossed the Atlantic. With longer blocks of time spent at sea, the engineering section in a Kingston-class is one of the busiest teams – both at sea and while alongside. “The scope of the…

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Technical Issues on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships

November 7, 2018 – Over the past two weeks there have been a series of technical issues that have affected deployed Royal Canadian Navy ships. Specifically there have been two fires in gas turbine enclosures, power failures, and a loss of propulsion. The fact that there have been this many instances in such a short period of time is of significant concern to the Royal Canadian Navy. The safety of our personnel at sea is of primary importance. Simply put our sailors need to have confidence in the technical readiness…

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