Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 05, 2013 09:00 ET

Royal Canadian Air Force Participates in Australian International Fleet Review

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 5, 2013) - A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora aircraft from 14 Wing Greenwood had the honour of representing the Canadian Armed Forces today at the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia.

The RAN invited more than 50 countries to send warships, tall ships and aircraft to participate in the event from October 3 to 11, to mark the 100th anniversary of the first entry of the RAN's Fleet into Sydney Harbour. The review is the largest commemorative event ever undertaken by the RAN, and more than 8 000 Australian and visiting personnel are expected to participate.

"Canada is honoured to have been part of the International Fleet Review commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet arriving in Sydney," said the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. "The CP-140 Aurora is a stalwart of Canada's maritime defence, and both aircraft and crew made our country and our armed forces proud as we celebrated this important milestone for Australia, which has been a staunch friend and ally to Canada."

Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, conducted a fleet review, accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. The day also featured formation fly pasts of a wide variety of aircraft from participating countries, including the RCAF Aurora, as well as displays, demonstrations, gun salutes, performances and a fireworks display and lightshow in Sydney Harbour.

Canada and Australia have a long history of military cooperation. Both fought with the Allies in the First and Second World Wars, under the United Nations in the Korean War and with coalition allies in the First Gulf War. More recently, both militaries supported operations in Afghanistan under the International Security Assistance Force and regularly cooperate in exercises in the Pacific region.

The CP-140 Aurora has served as the RCAF's strategic maritime surveillance aircraft since the early 1980s. In addition to its all-weather surveillance capabilities, the Aurora is also employed in an anti-submarine warfare capacity, and has a long history of close cooperation with the Royal Canadian Navy. In 2011, two RCAF Auroras served in Libya during Operation MOBILE, which was Canada's contribution to the larger NATO intervention, where they flew coastal patrol and surveillance missions.

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For more information, please contact:

Captain John Pulchny
14 Wing Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (902) 765-1494 ext. 5448
E-mail: John.Pulchny@forces.gc.ca

For more information on the event, please visit the Australian Navy site.

For more information on the CP-140 Aurora, please visit the CP-140 Aurora site.

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