Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 14, 2012 13:22 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Minister MacKay Announces the Location of the Canadian Forces' New European Operational Support Hub

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2012) -

A correction from source is being issued with respect to the release issued this morning at 10:19 am ET. The German minister's name was misspelled on two occasions. The corrected and complete release follows.

Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, was joined by his counterpart, the Minister of Defence from the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Thomas de Maizière, to announce the location of the new Canadian Forces' European Operational Support Hub at Germany's Köln-Bonn airport.

The announcement was made following a meeting between Minister MacKay, Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Julian Fantino, and Minister de Maizière in Ottawa.

"I was very pleased to meet with my counterpart, Minister de Maizière, and to have this opportunity to announce together that the Canadian Forces' European Operational Support Hub will be located in Germany," said Minister MacKay. "It is a pleasure to build on the long-standing relationship that Canada has developed with Germany as Allies through NATO, and in operations such as in Afghanistan."

In 2009, with the consent of the German government, the Canadian Forces operated European Operational Support Hub at the United States Air Force base at Spangdahlem, Germany. This small logistics hub was instrumental in ensuring the Canadian Forces could move vital supplies and personnel in support of operations in Afghanistan. This previous arrangement serves as the basis for the more permanent European Operational Support Hub that will be established at Köln-Bonn.

The visit of Minister de Maizière also provided an invaluable opportunity for Ministers MacKay and Fantino to strengthen the defence relationship between Canada and Germany.

During their meeting, in addition to discussing practical areas of cooperation such as the establishment of the new European Operational Support Hub, the Ministers discussed a range of issues including operations in Afghanistan and the upcoming 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.

For over 60 years, Canada and Germany have worked side by side as members of NATO. Canada's defence partnership with Germany was recently underscored by the shared experience and cooperation on the UN-mandated, NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. The German government, for example, facilitated and expedited Canada's securing of Leopard II tanks for the Canadian Forces mission in Kandahar in 2007. Canada has also benefitted from the generous use of German airspace for our many flights in the region, and has used nearby German accommodation facilities for thousands of Canadian soldiers as they were staged in and out of Afghanistan.

Note to the editors: for additional information on the Canadian Forces' Operational Support Hub Europe and on the Operational Support Hub concept, please consult the following backgrounder: http://file.marketwire.com/release/bg_en.pdf

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