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United in Defence

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it’s a time to take stock on ways Canadians and Americans continue to serve together around the world to keep us safe. Here are a few examples of what Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are up to lately:

Operation Neon

Canada is contributing to Operation Neon, a multinational effort to implement United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea. We have sent Canadian sailors and aircrews to identify sanctions evasion, especially ship-to-ship fuel transfers. A few CAF members will be directly embedded in the Enforcement Coordination Cell in Yokosuka, Japan. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, said of the mission “Canadians can be proud of the work the Canadian Armed Forces are doing alongside our allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.” Another reason to be proud: the U.S. Department of Defence’s recent Indo-Pacific Strategy report recognizes Canada’s role in countering the North Korean regime.

Exercise Tradewinds

Until June 21, Canadian Armed Forces are participating in an annual U.S. Southern Command training exercise in the Caribbean to build our capability to counter transnational organized crime and provide humanitarian and disaster relief assistance. Ultimately, this exercise strengthens our safety and security in the region.

For our part, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Goose Bay and Royal Canadian Navy Clearance Divers will be working with an FBI dive team, military instructors, and other personnel in the weeks ahead. In a statement, Lieutenant-General Mike Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command said “It is a privilege for the Canadian Armed Forces to work alongside our Caribbean partners and allies to hone our collective ability to operate in a complex security environment and rapidly respond to natural disasters. We have an incredible opportunity to learn from our Caribbean partners during TRADEWINDS 19, and likewise are proud of the expertise and knowledge we can share with them.”

Radarstat Constellation Mission Launch

Next week, Canada will launch the Radarstat Constellation Mission – three new identical satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellites will help with maritime surveillance, disaster management, and ecosystem monitoring. The data from these satellites is critical to our men and women in uniform and first responders. In a natural disaster, this data can give them an overview of damages in the entire area so they can quickly assess the effort and personnel required on the ground. Satellite data also facilitates concrete plans based on the extent of the damage.

What’s more, authorities in the United States, Canada, and others around the world often turn to satellites to coordinate rescue operations. By working together through the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, we can share satellite data quickly to help those most in need.

To learn more about CAF’s work in the U.S. and abroad, follow @CAFinUS.

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