“Up to 460 additional members of the Canadian Armed Forces” will be deployed to Europe, Trudeau said, in addition to the deployment of an additional frigate and a maritime patrol aircraft.
Canada currently has about 800 troops in Europe, of which about 540 are part of the Canadian-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia. They will be reinforced by a battery of M777 artillery guns with forward observers and an electronic warfare troop.
“Canada also plans to deliver the frigate HMCS Halifax and the CP-140 Aurora patrol aircraft to Latvia. Aid pledged to Latvia could be expected by the end of March,” a Canadian government statement said.
In addition, approximately 3,400 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are authorized to deploy in the NATO Response Force if required by NATO.
Anita Anand, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, said: “At this pivotal time for the security of Ukraine, Europe and the world, Canada will continue to step up and do its part, in close cooperation with our NATO allies. To bolster our deterrence measures in Europe, Canada is deploying an even larger contingent to NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia and will contribute more troops and resources to bolster NATO forces in the Euro-Atlantic region. We will continue to work with our allies and partners to uphold the rules-based international order that has kept us safe since the end of World War II.
As part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, Canada has assumed a leadership role as one of four Framework Nations and leads the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Multinational Battlegroup in Latvia. Canada’s current contribution of up to 540 personnel, vehicles and equipment includes a headquarters element, a mechanized infantry company and combat support based at Camp Ādaži just outside Rīga.
The Canadian Armed Forces includes an Electronic Warfare Regiment whose task is to “provide tactical electronic warfare support to the Canadian Armed Forces deployed on international operations”.
“Russia’s recent actions are a flagrant attack on Ukrainian sovereignty, as well as a serious threat to the security and stability of the region and the rules-based international order. The sanctions and additional military support we are announcing today are the first step Canada will take to end Russia’s unwarranted aggression. Russia’s actions will have serious consequences, and together with our allies and partners, we will continue to take decisive action in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” Trudeau said.