Royal Canadian Navy strengthens ties in East Africa

Navy News / January 31, 2018

By Lieutenant (Navy) Linda Coleman

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is sending advisors to East Africa this week to participate in Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS 2018 (CE18). The RCN’s contribution to CE18 includes strategic engagements with Mozambique and Tanzania to promote maritime security. 

RCN advisors will provide mentorship for maritime security awareness, passing on Canadian expertise in this field. The aim will be to provide the Mozambique and Tanzanian Maritime Operations Centres with new ideas and ways they can apply innovative maritime security concepts in their regions.

“I am honoured to be back in Africa with the RCN, continuing the great work we started last year in West Africa while I was the Task Force Commander during HMCS Summerside and Moncton’s deployment, fostering relationships and building capacity in the Gulf of Guinea region,” said Lieutenant-Commander Paul Smith, senior RCN official for CE18. “These global leadership opportunities provide us with a chance to demonstrate to our partner nations our readiness to effectively respond to a range of complex security threats at home and abroad.”

Conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, CE18 aims to assess and improve maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in eastern Africa, inform planning and operations, and shape security force assistance efforts.

RCN members will be located in the Maputo, Mozambique, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Maritime Operations Centres from January 29 to February 9, 2018.

The U.S. Africa Command sponsors the EXPRESS series of engagements which includes CUTLASS, OBANGAME and PHOENIX. HMC Ships Kingston and Summerside, a detachment of personnel from the Maritime Tactical Operations Group, and a Maritime Operations Centre mentorship team will also be participating in OBANGAME EXPRESS 2018 later this winter.