Statement Article from  Government of Canada

Canada sends HMCS Vancouver to assist in aftermath of New Zealand earthquake

November 16, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement regarding Canada’s response to this week’s earthquake in New Zealand:

“Canada extends its deepest condolences on the loss of life and extensive damage following the devastating earthquake in New Zealand and is taking action to assist those affected in this time of need.

“At the request of the Government of New Zealand, the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Vancouver is en route from‎ the vicinity of Auckland, New Zealand, where it was preparing for a goodwill visit and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of New Zealand’s naval forces with other naval forces. HMCS Vancouver will assist with evacuation and providing support to people in the region affected by the disaster.

“HMCS Vancouver comes equipped with a Sea King helicopter and an air detachment, which will assist in evacuating people and transporting emergency supplies.

“Canada is pleased to support our friend and partner, New Zealand, following Monday’s disaster. We are grateful that Canadian naval resources were already nearby to provide timely assistance. Canada stands firmly with the people of New Zealand during this difficult period.”


Chantal Gagnon
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Jordan Owens
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence

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