July 14, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Today, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s ended its successful six-month deployment on Operation (Op) REASSURANCE, Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.
While deployed, HMCS St. John’s conducted operations and took part in multi-national exercises with NATO Allies and partner states, contributing to strengthen international cooperation, as well as enhancing interoperability, skills, and operational effectiveness between naval commands and assigned forces.
HMCS St. John’s will be replaced on Op REASSURANCE by HMCS Charlottetown in early August. This will be HMCS Charlottetown’s second deployment overseas under Op REASSURANCE as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG).
Canada’s commitment toward NATO is unwavering and the ship’s movements are fully coordinated to ensure continuity of SNMG operations and seamless integration of Canadian Armed Forces contributions as required.
“The highly skilled men and women of HMCS St. John’s and I are ending our six-month deployment with our NATO Allies with a great sense of accomplishment. As the ship sails back to Canadian shores, I am proud of the achievements and the professionalism of the ship’s company and their support to security and stability in the waters of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and the North Atlantic”
Commander Sheldon Gillis, Commanding Officer, HMCS St. John’s
- HMCS John’s is a Halifax-class frigate with a crew of 240 personnel of all ranks, including an Enhanced Naval Boarding Party and a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment.
- During its six-month Op REASSURANCE deployment, HMCS John’s travelled 37,200 nautical miles, developed its ability to work in conjunction with 15 foreign navies, and visited 16 ports in 10 countries.
- Standing NATO Maritime Groups are multinational, integrated maritime forces comprised of vessels from various countries that form the core of NATO’s maritime response force. These vessels are made available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from exercises to operational missions. They also help to establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to NATO and non-NATO nations, support partner engagements, and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing mission.
- Op REASSURANCE refers to the military activities undertaken by the Canadian Armed Forces since 2014 to support NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Eastern and Central Europe with the aim of reassuring nations in the region of NATO’s intent to support their stability and security.