Watch the January 17 episode of Defence Team News!

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • Operation CARIBBE; and
  • new Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicles


(SV) Welcome back to Defence Team News. I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

In wrapping up deployments on Operation CARIBBE, the CAF has helped keep over nine tonnes of cocaine off the streets.

Working with the United States Coast Guard and US-led Joint Interagency Task Force South over the past year, the CAF directly supported the ongoing multinational campaign to disrupt illicit drug trafficking.

Three RCN maritime coastal defence vessels and an RCAF CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft deployed to regions in the eastern Pacific and the Caribbean Sea. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Saskatoon, Nanaimo, and Moncton, along with the CP-140 Aurora, helped seize nearly 4,000 kilograms of cocaine and prevented another estimated 5,100 kilograms of cocaine from reaching its intended destination.

8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, recently took possession of a new Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicle.

In addition to fighting fire, these modern fire trucks can rescue people to a height of 35 metres. They also feature a casualty recovery platform that previous trucks weren’t equipped with.

The vehicles were purchased to fight fires in the modern infrastructure found on Bases and Wings, including in ammunition and fuel containment areas.

In addition to 8 Wing, eight more new vehicles will be delivered to Bases and Wings across Canada.

Canada’s Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy reaffirms the government’s commitment to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the support and equipment they need to do their jobs.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…for Defence Team News!

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