PHOTOS: Navy sail past, joining U.S. led drug trafficking prevention mission

The ships sailed by just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)The ships sailed by just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Beach walkers stood and waved as the ships sailed past the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)Beach walkers stood and waved as the ships sailed past the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Photographers tried to capture a shot of the ships as they sailed past. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)Photographers tried to capture a shot of the ships as they sailed past. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
HMCS Saskatoon and Yellowknife during the sail past on Feb. 21. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)HMCS Saskatoon and Yellowknife during the sail past on Feb. 21. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Several photographers were set up on the beach by Esquimalt Lagoon trying to capture a shot of the ships as they passed. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)Several photographers were set up on the beach by Esquimalt Lagoon trying to capture a shot of the ships as they passed. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Two Canadian navy ships sailed along the Greater Victoria coast on their way to joining Operation CARIBBE 2022.

HMCS Saskatoon and Yellowknife did a sail past of Clover Point, Ogden Point and Esquimalt Lagoon prior to departing for the mission.

The U.S.-led operation is part of enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean, which aim to suppress trafficking in international waters.

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