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HMCS Montreal and NRU Motor Vessel, Asterix on Operation Projection to Indo-Pacific

By Caitlin Snow Mar 27, 2023 | 11:59 AM

U.S. Embassy, Jakarta

Roughly 250 sailors aboard HMCS Montreal are on the way to the Indo-Pacific.

The Halifax-class frigate will be supported by Naval Replenishment Unit Motor Vesse l(MV) on Operation Projection, which is around a six-month deployment, with the aim to increase the Canadian presence in the Indo-Pacific area.

“Canada is a Pacific country, and the security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region are of paramount importance to our future. By boosting our annual naval deploymentsfrom two to three frigates, Canada is reaffirming its commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. As outlined in Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canada will continue to promote a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. I wish our sailorsfair winds and following seas.”
The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

The ship will work closely with allies promoting peace and stability.

Quick Facts

· HMCS Montréal 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 defences. The combination of these weapons and sensor systems, coupled with state-of-the-art damage control and machinery control systems, make frigates one of the most advanced warship designs in the world.

· During Operation PROJECTION, HMCS Montréal and MV Asterix will participate in international naval exercises with partner nations throughout the Indo-Pacific. By conducting Canada’s naval forward presence mission, promoting regional peace and stability, these ships will be contributing toward the promotion of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

· Op NEON is Canada’s contribution to the monitoring of United Nations Security Council sanctions designed to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs.

· The Naval Replenishment Unit operates from MV Asterix, which is a short-term commercial solution contracted for five years to provide essential at-sea replenishment support, and serving as a viable bridge until the arrival of the RCN’s two new Protecteur-class Joint Support Ships.


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