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Canadian Warship Begins Counterterrorism, WMD Interdiction Mission
A Canadian warship on Sunday departed from Halifax to begin a half-year rotation under a NATO mission that seeks to prevent extremist organizations from using the Mediterranean Sea to transport weapons of mass destruction and related materials, the Canadian Press reported (see GSN, Dec. 14, 2011).
NATO’s maritime counterterrorism program in the Mediterranean, Operation Active Endeavor, is a response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and has been running for more than a decade.
The frigate HMCS Charlottetown, carrying roughly 250 crew members, will "be patrolling the Mediterranean looking for weapons of mass destruction or constituents that could be used to design such things," Commander Wade Carter said.
While he does not expect the ship will be confronted with major dangers, Carter said its personnel have been trained to deal with an emergency.
"We are ready to deploy on behalf of the government of Canada if they direct us to proceed to any type of mission, but I have no specific mission at this time related to any nation," he said (Aly Thomson, Canadian Press/Globe and Mail, Jan. 8).
Nov. 8, 2013
This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.
Jan. 30, 2013
The UNSCR 1540 implementation process in sub-Saharan Africa has been slow. As of October 2011, 26 of the 48 states in the region have submitted 1540 national reports.
This article provides an overview of Canada’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.