Thursday, December 20, 2012
Local Military Maintaining Watch Over Christmas #yyj @MARPAC
ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Many members from Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force Pacific (MARPAC/JFTP) will be busy maintaining watch over the holiday period in efforts to keep Canadians safe.
Locally, the men and women of the Regional Joint Operations Centre (RJOC) will continue to maintain watch over the hundreds of ships and aircraft approaching North America.
Co-located with the RJOC, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria, staffed by Canadian Forces and Coast Guard professionals, will be keeping watch throughout the holidays, coordinating Search and Rescue (SAR) response for air and maritime emergencies in B.C. and Yukon, and westward into the Pacific Ocean.
Further up island, SAR crews from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 19 Wing Comox remain on their regular standby posture to launch CH-149 Cormorant helicopters and CC-115 Buffalo aircraft in support of JRCC operations. As well, Canadian Coast Guard ships are prepared to respond to marine emergencies. Maritime Forces Pacific also has a “Ready Duty Ship” prepared deploy at short notice in the event of an emergency.
In Glacier National Park, a Canadian Forces artillery task force is deployed to Rogers Pass to conduct avalanche control operations in support of Parks Canada. These operations remove avalanche threats to ensure critical roadways remain open to commercial and private vehicle traffic throughout the winter season.
Overseas, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina, with its crew of 225 personnel including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, will continue patrolling the Arabian Gulf and contributing to international security and stability in the region.