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HMCS Saskatoon and Yellowknife Return from Operation CARIBBE

Operation CARIBBE

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Saskatoon and Yellowknife returned to their home port of Esquimalt, British Columbia following their recent deployment on Operation CARIBBE.

During this iteration of Operation CARIBBE, Royal Canadian Navy sailors and their embarked United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) responded to 21 cases of potential illicit activity, resulting in a total of approximately 872 kg of cocaine being seized and destroyed.

Operation CARIBBE is Canada’s participation in U.S.-led enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

“I’m proud of the work carried out by the sailors who took part in Operation CARIBBE on HMC Ships Saskatoon and Yellowknife these past three months. Their contribution to this US-led counter-narcotics operation in the East Pacific Ocean has ensured that approximately 872 kg of cocaine will not make it to our streets and harm Canadians.”— Lieutenant-Commander Nadia Shields, Task Force Commander



• HMCS Saskatoon and HMCS Yellowknife deployed with 82 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and 14 USCG LEDET personnel onboard, and spent 147 days at sea during Operation CARIBBE.

The crews of these vessels travelled around 33,874 nautical miles, and visited four countries during their patrols in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

• Operation CARIBBE began in November 2006. In October 2010, it expanded with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Canada. The MOU allows USCG LEDET teams to operate from Canadian warships.

• The CAF have conducted Operation CARIBBE since 2006 with successive deployments of Royal Canadian Navy ships and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft. Over the past fifteen years, the CAF has contributed to the disruption or seizure of more than 120 tonnes of cocaine.

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