The HMCS Nanaimo, which has a strong association with the mid-Island, is back in Canada after helping fight organized crime in Central America.
Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney took the opportunity to highlight the operation in the House of Commons asking Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, James Bezan about the participation of two Canadian Navy ships.
“Transnational criminal organizations use the Caribbean base in Central American as trans-shipment areas for illicit traffic in drugs, weapons, money and people,” said Lunney. “Illicit trafficking is a significant source of revenue for organized crime and a growing threat to national, regional and international security, and therefore to North America and Canada.”
“As part of a multinational campaign to combat and prevent illicit trafficking, Canada has contributed significantly to Operation CARIBBE,” he continued. “Today HMCS Whitehorse and HMCS Nanaimo return home from participating in this operation.” Lunney then asked Bezan about what kind of work was performed by these two vessels.
“Our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces demonstrate leadership abroad,” Bezan said. “Their work is critical to the success of these joint operations. Taking part in joint operations with our allies helps keep illicit drugs from entering Canada and has a significant impact on the safety of our citizens. The Canadian Armed Forces made major contributions to Operation CARIBBE and stopped more than 5,000 kilograms of cocaine. Bravo Zulu to the men and women in uniform.”
Outside the House Lunney added:
“The HMCS Nanaimo and its crew have a strong association with the City of Nanaimo. They are a regular visitor for our Empire Days celebration, often accompanied by HMCS Whitehorse. I know Islanders will join me in extending our heartfelt thanks for their service.
“These Coastal Defence vessels train on our coast and I am sure I speak for all Islanders in stating how proud we are of their contribution to this international mission.”
— NEWS Staff/MP James Lunney’s office