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Canadian Navy Wants In On The Drug Action In The Caribbean

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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — HMCS Moncton and Summerside sailed out of Halifax harbor on Wednesday headed for the warmer waters of the Caribbean.

The two ships will be part of Operation CARIBBE 2016, a multinational campaign to fight drug smuggling in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean.

This is Canada’s tenth year participating in the campaign.

“I think it’s very important to Canadians,” said Lieutenant Commander Paul Smith, Commanding officer of HMCS Summerside.

“It shows support with our partner nations and it shows more importantly RCN’s (Royal Canadian Navy’s) ability to operate internationally as well as domestically.”

“The Canadian Armed Forces have seen great success on Operation CARIBBE,” said National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in a media release.

“For a decade, we have been a steadfast player in helping to increase regional security in the Caribbean and stem the flow of illicit drugs destined for North American communities.”

A spokesperson for Maritime Forces Atlantic says she can’t confirm when the two ships will return from the mission for security reasons.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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