The crews of HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Whitehorse received the Operational Service Medal for their recent participation in Operation CARIBBE.
CARIBBE is the Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment to combat illicit trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
During a ceremony at CFB Esquimalt on Monday, more than 60 sailors were presented the medals by Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, commander Canadian Fleet Pacific.
“Both ship’s companies have earned this medal for their outstanding contributions to Operation CARIBBE,” said Lt.-Cmdr. Jeffrey Hopkins, commanding officer of HMCS Nanaimo.
“The mission was very successful, and I was extremely impressed by the professionalism, dedication, and flexibility demonstrated by both crews.
“Working alongside partner organizations in joint international law enforcement operations was a valuable experience for all involved, and it will lead to enhanced maritime safety and security measures.”
HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Whitehorse are Kingston-class maritime coastal defence vessels, with a primary mission of coastal surveillance and patrol including general naval operations and exercises, search and rescue, law enforcement, resource protection and fisheries patrols.