The Government of Canada is extending its maritime security mission in the Middle East and East Africa for the next four years.
Operation ARTEMIS will be lengthened until 30 April 2021, with Canada providing up to C$131.4m in funding to support the four-year extension.
Through this renewal of Operation ARTEMIS, the Canadian Armed Forces is authorised to deploy maritime assets to the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150).
The extension will see the deployment of up to 375 personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces.
In addition, the Canadian Armed Forces will send a CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft once each year and a Halifax-class frigate once every two years.
Canada Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: “Today’s global environment is complex and dangerous, with threats to safety and security that are increasingly interconnected.
“The Government of Canada’s renewed commitment to counter-terrorism efforts is vital to building a safer and more prosperous world.”
The mission will operate in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
The maritime region, which spans over five million km2 of international waters, includes the main shipping routes from the Far East to Europe and North America.