The Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN) Naval Security Team (NST) has deployed a group of approximately 12 sailors from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt to Fiji to carry out force generation training with the Fijian Navy.
The deployment is part of the RCN’s Poseidon Cutlass series of deployments and will offer a persistent Canadian Navy presence in the Asia Pacific vicinity.
It is also expected to provide the RCN an ongoing opportunity to engage in a large variety of exercises with regional partner navies at sea, as well as facilitate its participation in major events and engagements with friends and partners across the region.
RCN commander vice-admiral Ron Lloyd said: “The RCN’s routine Asia Pacific deployments of the Poseidon Cutlass series continuously demonstrates Canada’s commitment to our regional friends and partners in this strategically important region.
“This NST deployment is an important element of that effort and offers another excellent opportunity to reinforce our commitment and to underline our persistent presence, while offering an opportunity to enhance our capabilities and improve RCN and Republic of Fiji Navy cooperation and interoperability.”
The NST is a naval team that is designed to provide improved force protection for the safety and security of deployed RCN ships and personnel at home or overseas.
The team is deployable worldwide and also provides support to various Canadian Government missions that require complex coordination with host nations to ensure force protection.
In addition, it offers support to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) units and other Canadian or partner assets in foreign ports and waterways.
The NST is set for redeployment on 20 August.