April 28, 2017 – Esquimalt, B.C. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Saskatoon returned to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today after a successful two-month deployment on Operation CARIBBE.
“I am very proud to welcome home the sailors of HMCS Saskatoon today after another highly successful deployment on Operation CARIBBE. Their outstanding work has directly contributed to international safety and security by keeping these drugs off our streets and preventing criminal organizations from profiting off their sale.”
Commodore Jeff Zwick, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific
“Our sailors worked seamlessly alongside the United States Coast Guard throughout this deployment, aiding in the interdiction of hundreds of kilograms of illicit drugs. Our success is a testament to the hard work, dedication and professionalism of these sailors.”
Lieutenant-Commander Todd Bacon, Commanding Officer, HMCS Saskatoon
- HMCS Saskatoon worked jointly with USCG Law Enforcement Detachments, the U.S. military, and partner navies in the region, to carry out the disruptions and seizures in support of Operation CARIBBE.
- Operation CARIBBE is Canada’s ongoing contribution to Operation MARTILLO – the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
- This deployment marked the 11th year that the CAF have worked with Western Hemisphere and European partners to address security challenges in the region and successfully disrupt illicit trafficking operations.