April 10, 2021 – This year’s deployments under Op PROJECTION demonstrate Canada’s enduring commitment to regular engagement in the Asia-Pacific region despite the pandemic, and support the strengthening of Canada’s defense and security partnerships. HMCS Calgary recently completed the first part of its deployment to the region to conduct forward naval presence operations.
During this deployment, and in full respect of COVID-19 restrictions, HMCS Calgary conducted a number of port visits, including in Brunei, Vietnam, and Singapore. These visits reflect the importance of our bilateral relationships with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It also shows our enduring commitment to strengthening defense and security partnerships in Southeast Asia and to working together to uphold the rules-based international order.
HMCS Calgary is now on its way to the Middle East to participate in Op ARTEMIS, the CAF’s contribution to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150, a multinational task force conducting maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in Middle Eastern waters, has been under Canadian leadership since January 2021. Later this year, on her return to Canada, HMCS Calgary will transit back through the Asia-Pacific region and conduct additional port visits, as well as training, exercises, and engagements with allied and partner navies.