Canada assumes command of Combined Task Force 150

Commodore Haydn C. Edmundson of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on behalf of Canada during a change of command ceremony held at Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters in Bahrain today.

Commodore Edmundson took over command from Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir of the Pakistan Navy.

The deployment is part of Operation ARTEMIS, the CAF’s ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations across the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman. Canada’s leadership role is a demonstration of the high level of professionalism and expertise of the CAF and its members.


“Canada’s leadership role as part of Combined Task Force 150 is testament to our history of contributing to the security and stability in international waters of the Arabian Sea region. Our active participation reaffirms our longstanding commitment to international peace and security, as well as safeguarding international waters, to ensure that the global trade Canada and the world depend on can proceed freely.”

Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

“I am honoured and privileged to command this counter terrorism task force and to work alongside our maritime security partners in the wider region over the next four months.  Combined Task Force 150 will continue to build upon the achievements of our colleagues before us and we will continue to promote security and stability across some of the world’s busiest and most important shipping lanes.”

Commodore Haydn C. Edmundson, Commander Combined Task Force 150

Quick Facts

   Canada has deployed 28 CAF personnel and two Department of National Defence civilian employees to lead CTF 150 until April 2017.

   The Canadian command contingent is supported by personnel of the Royal Australian Navy. The combined nature of this team demonstrates the close relationship between Australia and Canada as well as our shared values and interests.

   CTF 150 is one of three multinational naval task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces.

   Through maritime security operations, regional engagements, and capacity building, CTF 150 works to deter and deny terrorist organizations from using the high seas for smuggling weapons, illicit cargo, and narcotics, while ensuring the safe passage of merchant ships in some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

New mobile workspaces for the Canadian Armed Forces

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced today the delivery of the last mobile workspaces from DEW Engineering and Development for use by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as medical and dental clinics, workshops, field kitchens and command posts.

The mobile workspaces or “kitted shelters” are equipped with items including work benches, electronic and office equipment, power generators, and tools. The equipment (kitting) transforms the shelters, which are container-based workspaces that provide environmental protection, into functional units providing crucial support services. 

A version of the shelters has already proven useful to the CAF on Operation IMPACT. In the future, they could also be deployed by the CAF in support of disaster relief and humanitarian operations, regional security, peace support and training.

The new mobile workspaces were procured as part of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project which aims to modernize the CAF’s fleet of logistical trucks and mobile workspaces. They were delivered on time and on budget. 


“These new mobile workspaces help to improve how the CAF provides important support services on operations at home and abroad. The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the CAF with the equipment they need to do their jobs." 

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“The successful delivery of the these kitted shelters shows how the Government of Canada is leveraging procurements to create jobs and economic benefits for all Canadians, while supporting the Armed Forces and ensuring taxpayers get value for money.” 

The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement 

Quick Facts

The MSVS project is a phased procurement with four components: Militarized Commercial Off-The-Shelf trucks (MilCOTS), baseline shelters, kitting of the baseline shelters, and Standard Military Pattern (SMP) trucks.


The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy applied to MilCOTS,

baseline shelters, and SMP trucks. Prime contractors are

required to undertake business activity in Canada equal to the

contract value, thereby ensuring a dollar-for-dollar investment in

the Canadian economy.

DEW Engineering and Development was contracted to deliver a total of 994 (plus one prototype) baseline (empty) shelters which are “containers.” Delivery was completed in February 2015.