Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa departed from her homeport of CFB Esquimalt Tuesday for a four-and-a-half-month long deployment to the Asia-Pacific Region.
The deployment is part of the Canadian government’s commitment to operations in the region and as part of ongoing United Nations sanctions against North Korea.
Starting early October, the renewed Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contribution to the multinational effort in the Asia-Pacific region will be a CP-140 Aurora, along with crew and supporting personnel, operating from Japan. HMCS Ottawa will join the international maritime monitoring mission periodically between late August and mid-November.
HMCS Ottawa will visit six ports in four countries during the deployment, in Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States.
This deployment follows a succession of Royal Canadian Navy deployments in the region, the most recent of which saw HMCS Halifax deployed from February to August 2019.
HMCS Ottawa is a Halifax-class frigate. Halifax-class frigates carry extensive anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare weapons and sensors to complement their substantial anti-air warfare defenses.