HMCS Winnipeg began patrolling in the Eastern Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Caribbe 2015 last week.
The ships deployment marks the beginning of several Canadian naval and air deployments in the region this year.
Operation Caribbe is part of a joint multinational effort to eliminate illegal trafficking through the waters around central America and the Caribbean nations.
The Royal Canadian Navy will deploy warships from both the East and West Coasts, while the Royal Canadian Air Force will provide CP-140 Aurora aircraft from various long-range patrol squadrons.
“The Canadian Armed Forces have seen great success on Operation Caribbe, with our efforts, year after year, directly contributing to the interception of illicit trafficking in the region,” said Lt.-Gen.Jonathan Vance, commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command.
“The crew of HMCS Winnipeg, along with all of the sailors, airmen and airwomen who will participate … is well-prepared to uphold the CAF’s reputation as steadfast contributors to continental security.”
HMCS Winnipeg replaced Halifax-based HMCS Toronto in the region. HMCS Winnipeg is based at CFB Esquimalt and is commanded by Cmdr. Pascal Belhumeur.