AURORA DEPLOYMENTS

Besides its traditional homeland sovereignty missions, Canada’s Aurora fleet has been called upon to support many international missions. The CP-140’s earliest deployments included Operation Sharp Guard, which began in October 1993 and concluded in April 1994.Operating from NAS Sigonella, Italy, the CP-140s conducted armed missions over the Adriatic that enforced an economic embargo against the former Yugoslavia.

Operation Apollo marked the first deployment for the Block I configured CP-140, when a pair of aircraft departed Canada for the Persian Gulf region on December 27, 2001. The LRP Detachment conducted its last mission in support of coalition operations on June 19, 2003. While deployed, the Auroras completed around 500 missions and logged more than 4,300 flying hours.

Between mid-October and mid- December 2004, two CP-140s operating from NAS Sigonella flew 40 surveillance missions over the Mediterranean Sea, in support of Operation Sirius. The deployment was part of Canada's contribution to NATO’s Mediterranean anti-terrorism Operation Active Endeavour, which initially began in the eastern Mediterranean in October 2001.

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