HMCS Toronto achievements during Operation Artemis

Over the past year, the Royal Canadian Navy frigate, HMCS Toronto, has been deployed on Operation ARTEMIS, to serve with Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), the multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism force operating in the Arabian Sea. The ship arrived back in its home port of Halifax, N.S, on February 27, 2014.

During this deployment, HMCS Toronto’s task was to detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity by patrolling and conducting maritime security operations in her area of responsibility.

CTF-150 is part of Combined Maritime Forces, the naval coalition that promotes security and stability in the international waters of the Middle East. This area comprises some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. Canada is one of 29 nations that contribute naval assets to Combined Maritime Forces.

Operation ARTEMIS Mission

Operation ARTEMIS is Canada’s participation in CTF-150, the multinational task force operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) that promotes maritime security aimed at countering terrorism and related activities in the Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.


Departure Date  January 14, 2013  July 10, 2013 N/A 
Return Date  July 22 - 28, 2013  February, 27 2013 N/A
Days away from home  177  198  375
Days at Sea  150  129  279
Distance steamed (nautical miles)  47 000  34 162 81162 
Number of boardings  41  22  63
Number of Seizures  6  3  9
Total Weight of Narcotics seized (in kilograms)  7523  1001  8524
CH-124 Sea king  flying time  490  420  910
Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle hours  678  590 1268 


The relief in place conducted in July 2013 was completed through CAF strategic airlift

This was one of the longest naval deployments of a single hull in recent naval history. More than 146 000 kilometres, the equivalent to over 3.5 trips around the world

Drug types seized: 8.5 metric tonnes of Heroin and Hashish - about the same weight as a full grown African elephant or six Honda Civics.

HMCS Toronto visited 16 countries designed to reinforce relations with strategic partners, and demonstrate that Canada is actively involved in setting the conditions for security and stability in the area.  These included Bahrain, Djibouti, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Spain, Oman, Tanzania, and United Arab Emirates.

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