Minister of National Defence Art Eggleton
Press Release on the role of Canadian Forces in US Coalition
September 14, 2001
The Honourable Art Eggleton, Minister of National Defence, stated today that
the Canadian Forces (CF) continue to participate in Canada's efforts to assist
the United States in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attacks of September
The CF is supporting assistance to passengers and crews of aircraft diverted
to Canadian airfields during this crisis. Re-routed airline passengers have
been hosted at CF facilities in Goose Bay, Labrador; Gander and Stephenville,
Newfoundland; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Halifax, Shearwater and Aldershot, Nova
Scotia. Atlantic-region CF units have provided thousands of beds and ration
CF members are supporting Transport Canada and other civil authorities. CF aircraft
transported Canada Customs and Revenue Officials to several destinations, and
about 8,800 cots, 8,300 blankets and 55 CF support personnel to Atlantic region
locations where re-routed passengers and aircrew are being accommodated.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada and the men and women of the Canadian
Forces and the Department of National Defence, I offer my sincerest sympathies
to the victims of this tragedy, along with their families and their friends,"
said Mr. Eggleton. "I also want to reaffirm Canada's long-standing commitment
to working with the United States to defend the North American continent and
our common interests and values. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers
go out to our closest ally and friend."
The CF has also pre-positioned CF assets for other potential humanitarian support.
These measures are being taken to ensure that a variety of options are available
for rapid initiation should the Government of Canada decide to exercise them
upon request from the United States government.
As part of contingency operations, the approximately 200-strong Disaster Assistance
Response Team (DART), which includes CF members from Petawawa and Kingston,
Ontario, is in position at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario. Three Canadian
Forces vessels, HMC ships Preserver, Iroquois and Ville de Québec, are
in a heightened state of readiness to sail to a US port to provide humanitarian
assistance. If requested, these assets could provide services such as medical
support, casualty clearing, transportation and communications.
In addition, several additional CF-18 fighter jets have been dedicated to continental
security under our bilateral partnership with the US in the North American Aerospace
Defense Command (NORAD).