The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed personnel in Central and Eastern Europe as part of NATO assurance measures.
Operation REASSURANCE refers to the military activities undertaken by CAF to support NATO assurance measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.
The CAF response in support of NATO’s request for enhanced assurance measures promotes security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe, and demonstrates the readiness and professionalism of the CAF.
The Task Force
Force Protection note: The threats posed against deployed CAF members vary between geographic locations and change frequently over time. It is essential that the CAF thoroughly assess such threats and implement appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of deployed personnel. The CAF continually adapt these measures, including identity protection efforts, to the specific environment in which our personnel operate. Therefore, the need to protect the identities of deployed CAF members may differ between operations and over time.
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Maritime Task Force
Task Force Winnipeg
HMCS Winnipeg joined Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on 7 July 2015. HMCS Winnipeg is contributing to counter-terrorism patrols and related activities in the Mediterranean Sea alongside Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships. HMCS Winnipeg is a Halifax-class frigate with a crew of approximately 250 personnel of all ranks, including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment.
HMCS Winnipeg is the first HMC Ship to deploy an Enhanced Naval Boarding Party (ENBP) on an operational mission. The ENBP team is better trained and equipped to provide HMC Ships with enhanced agility, flexibility, and tactical expertise to confront and deter a variety of threats in high-risk operational environments.
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Land Task Force
From late June to mid-July 2015, approximately 220 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG), based in Valcartier, deployed to Poland in support of Operation REASSURANCE. The soldiers took over duties from the 4th Canadian Division’s 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) based in Petawawa, Ontario.
Soldiers from 5 CMBG – part of the 2nd Canadian Division –are taking part in a series of exercises over the next six months which will allow the soldiers to achieve better interoperability with NATO allies, showcase their capabilities, and further develop their leadership abilities. These exercises include:
- Exercise ALLIED SPIRIT II (4-24 August 2015) an exercise with forces from the Czech Republic, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, the United Kingdom, and the United States at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.