CAF concludes emergency relief operations in New Zealand

A CH-124 Sea King helicopter, part of HMCS Vancouver and deployed on Op RENAISSANCE, slings a load of relief supplies.

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HMCS Vancouver completed emergency relief operations in New Zealand following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the South Island on November 14.

In support of the New Zealand Defence Force, HMCS Vancouver, with its embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment, assisted in the delivery of emergency supplies, repaired damaged infrastructure, and evacuated people from the affected area of Kaikoura, located approximately 1180 km north of the city of Christchurch.

“The men and women aboard HMCS Vancouver provided valuable assistance to our friends in New Zealand and bolstered relief efforts for the people affected by the earthquake,” said Lieutenant-General Steve Bowes, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command.

HMCS Vancouver was in the vicinity of Auckland, NZ, at the time of the earthquake preparing for a goodwill visit to celebrate the 75th anniversary of New Zealand’s Naval Forces with other allied naval forces. At the request of the Government of New Zealand, the ship diverted to the region affected by the earthquake to contribute to relief operations.

As part of the multinational naval task group, HMCS Vancouver contributed to the evacuation of approximately 900 people and delivery of more than 216 tonnes of food and emergency supplies such as generators, portable pumps, and portable chemical toilets.

HMCS Vancouver’s involvement in earthquake relief efforts in New Zealand fell under Operation RENAISSANCE, which is the rapid deployment of the CAF to the scene of a disaster overseas, as directed by the Government of Canada.

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