HMCS Regina completes Operation Neon commitment

USS Lake Eerie conducts re-supply via helicopter with USNS Amelia Earhart in the background. Photo by Cpl Evans, CFB Borden Base Imaging Services

USS Lake Eerie conducts re-supply via helicopter with USNS Amelia Earhart in the background. Photo by Cpl Evans, CFB Borden Base Imaging Services

SLt Sarah Halfkenny, HMCS Regina ~

While in the East China Sea June 18 to 25, HMCS Regina and MV Asterix took part in Operation Neon, Canada’s contribution to a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed against North Korea.

In April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would renew its contribution to enforcing imposed UN sanctions against North Korea with a new two-year military operation. Regina worked closely with allied and partner nations operating in the area, as well as with a Canadian CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft that conducted surveillance operations.

The goal of these operations was to identify maritime sanction evasion activities.

Regina provided imagery and intelligence on at-sea transfers to the Enforcement Coordination Cell (ECC). Asterix conducted replenishment activities with U.S. Navy ships USS Curtis D. Wilbur and USS Lake Eerie, both operating under the ECC.

“I am proud of the team’s ability to shift focus from an active interdiction role on Op Artemis to conducting surveillance operations in support of ECC on Op Neon,” said Cdr Jake French, Regina’s Commanding Officer. “Regina’s ability to leverage team training and collective experience in a variety of operations is a testament to the hard work of every member of the ship’s company.”

HMCS Ottawa will participate in Operation Neon later this year.

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