HMCS Winnipeg returned to Esquimalt December 16th after a four-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.
During Winnipeg’s deployment, approximately one and a half months was dedicated to Operation NEON, Canada’s contribution to the coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed against North Korea.
Winnipeg’s deployment demonstrates Canada’s continued commitment to work with like-minded allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific and to support government objectives to uphold the rules-based international order and international law.
Over the course of the past four months, HMCS Winnipeg completed an ambitious schedule in support of Canadian international objectives, including:
As part of multinational efforts to monitor sanctions imposed against North Korea by the United Nations Security Council;
- Conducted a bilateral exercise (KAEDEX) with JS Jintsū in the East China Sea;
- Conducted exercises with the UK-led multinational HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group in the Philippine and South China Seas;
- Conducted maneuvers in company with HMAS Brisbane and Warramunga.
- Together with warships from Australia, Germany, Japan and the United States, participated in ANNUALEX, a 10-day US and Japan bilateral exercise in the Philippine Sea;
- Conducted port calls in Okinawa, Japan, Busan, South Korea, and Philippines;
- Hosted a German naval officer on an exchange; and,
- Provided several crates of Earl Grey to ensure that UK Royal Navy carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth did not run out of tea.