Monday, February 10, 2014

HMCS Nanaimo Stopping Illicit Trafficking


Canadian Armed Forces Ships Depart to Support Operation CARIBBE

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 9, 2014) - Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMC Ships) Nanaimo and Whitehorse, will depart Esquimalt, B.C., tomorrow for the Eastern Pacific Ocean to support Operation CARIBBE, Canada's contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational criminal organizations in the Americas and Caribbean.

Nanaimo and Whitehorse are Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs), designed for surveillance and patrolling. Their departure marks the beginning of several naval deployments scheduled for 2014 in support of Canada's commitment to Operation MARTILLO - a multinational, joint, combined, and interagency effort among Western Hemisphere and European nations. The operation is designed to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the coastal regions of Central America.

Operation CARIBBE continues to help strengthen international partnerships and also demonstrates Canada's commitment to support efforts to address security challenges in the region, including illicit trafficking.

For more information about Operation CARIBBE and Canada's role in the effort to stop illicit trafficking in drugs, weapons and people visit the Canadian Armed Forces website HERE.

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