Canada’s contribution to counter illicit trafficking in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels deployed on Operation CARIBBE in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea have been working hand-in-hand with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) over the past several weeks to intercept and seize large quantities of illicit drugs.
On November 11, 2017, Her Majesty Canadian Ship (HMCS) Moncton intercepted a suspect vessel and disembarked a USCG law enforcement detachment to seize 834 kgs of cocaine and apprehend three suspected smugglers. In the Eastern Pacific Ocean on October 31, 2017, HMCS Nanaimo conducted a similar intercept and seizure with an embarked USCG law enforcement detachment to seize 478 kgs of cocaine and apprehend three suspected smugglers. HMCS Nanaimo has also been credited with disrupting an estimated 750 kgs of cocaine while conducting operations over the past several weeks.
While HMCS Moncton and Nanaimo continue to operate in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, shortly they will be joined by a CP-140 Aurora Long Range Patrol aircraft to provide surveillance in direct support of the US Joint Interagency Task Force South.
“I commend the recent efforts and success of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Moncton and Nanaimo to interrupt the flow of illicit drugs and support multinational efforts to deter criminal activity. This operation serves as an excellent example of how the Canadian Armed Forces continues to do its part on the international stage to protect our interests and support our allies.”
— Lieutenant-General Steven Bowes, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command
“The Royal Canadian Navy’s sailors continue to demonstrate excellence in operations around the world. Operation CARIBBE’s successes are a result of the partnership between allied Forces and our collective dedication to keeping our sea lanes safe from illicit activity while also preventing illegal drugs from entering North America.”
— Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, Maritime Component Commander