HMCS St. John’s contributes to NATO operation in Eastern Mediterranean

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Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s patrols the Mediterranean Sea between Syria and Cyprus during Operation REASSURANCE on May 17, 2018. (Photo: Corporal Tony Chand, Formation Imaging Services)

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By Sub-Lieutenant Derek Frank, Unit Public Affairs Representative, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s departed the Mediterranean Sea on June 16, 2018 following a month-long contribution to NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN in the waters between Cyprus and Syria.

“Operation SEA GUARDIAN placed a Canadian warship in an area of the world where the leadership and capabilities of our sailors was needed most,” said Commander Gord Noseworthy, Commanding Officer HMCS St. John’s.

HMCS St. John’s proved that Canada can answer the call to support Allies with a sustained and capable effort in even the most volatile maritime areas. Providing support to this mission drove home to me that we have among the most highly trained, competent, and effective sailors operating at sea,” he added.

Operation SEA GUARDIAN began in July 2016 to support maritime situational awareness, counter-terrorism, and to contribute to maritime security capacity-building.

During the operation, HMCS St. John’s led a task group of warships in the location, identification, and tracking of air, surface, and subsurface contacts. Together, they built allied maritime situational awareness in the waters adjacent to Syria. This information was shared with allies to enable all manner of operations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The re-tasking of HMCS St. John’s from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea was in response to a request for a theatre anti-submarine warfare capability in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Canadian Halifax-Class frigate, a highly capable anti-submarine warfare platform, was selected based on its status as a forward deployed high-readiness warship. In addition to its acoustic sensor suite, it boasts a modern array of surface and air search sensors.

HMCS St. John’s is currently deployed on Op REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

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