Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 24, 2011 15:44 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Successful Completion of Operation Mobile

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the return of Canadian Forces members from Operation Mobile:

"As Minister of National Defence, I am pleased to officially welcome home the Canadian Forces members who participated in Canada's successful operation in the skies over Libya and in the Central Mediterranean. Through their leadership and quick, effective response as part of a UN-mandated, NATO-led mission, innocent Libyans were spared the violence of a brutal, entrenched regime. The Libyan people can finally look towards the future with hope. For that, the world thanks the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces.

Less than 24 hours after the passage of the UN Security Council Resolution calling on the international community to protect innocent civilians against Gadhafi's cruel and oppressive regime, CF-18 Hornets from CFB Bagotville and CC-150 Polaris strategic air-to-air refuelling support from CFB Trenton were on their way overseas. Canada's CC-17 Globemasters followed shortly with personnel and equipment.

The deployment of a frigate and CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft gave Canada and the Canadian Forces the flexibility and capability to respond to the crisis effectively and play a leading role in the Operation.

Under the direction of Canadian Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Canadian Forces members played a significant role in facilitating humanitarian aid, enforcing the arms embargo and imposing the no-fly zone over Libya.

Throughout this deployment, our men and women clearly demonstrated that their professionalism and outstanding skills enhance the role they can play in successful international operations.

I am proud of the great work done by our Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force members during this successful mission."

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