HMCS Vancouver concludes emergency relief operations in New Zealand

November 19, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver has 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, evacuated people from the affected area of Kaikoura, assisted in the delivery of emergency supplies, and repaired damaged infrastructure.

HMCS Vancouver’s contribution to relief operations highlights Canada’s commitment to assisting international partners and acting as a force for good in the world. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) train and operate routinely with international partners to maintain joint readiness, communications, and interoperability to enable a rapid response to crises around the world.


“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. I commend HMCS Vancouver’s sailors and embarked air detachment for responding quickly to assist the people of New Zealand.”

– Lieutenant-General Steve Bowes, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • HMCS Vancouver worked alongside Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha, HMNZS Endeavour, United States Ship Sampson, and Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Darwin as the naval task group provided valuable assistance to local authorities.
  • 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 is returning to Auckland today along with the multinational naval task group. 231 CAF personnel, including a CH-124 Sea King air detachment, are aboard the ship.
  • 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.
  • Operation RENAISSANCE 16-03 was the CAF’s support for Global Affairs Canada, the lead department for the Government of Canada’s response to the aftermath of the earthquake in New Zealand.

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