In our own hemisphere, for example, the RCN has significantly increased its contributions to the Joint Interagency Task Force South in support of the regional drug-interdiction effort. Working with the Chilean Navy, we have provided modest levels of support to other regional partners that are building their capacity to patrol their own waters, even as we reach out to other navies through important regional exercises such as the Panamax and Unitas series. Likewise, in the Arctic, we have invited fellow members of the Arctic Council to observe the Nanook series of maritime security exercises as we steadily build our competencies for Arctic operations.
Elsewhere, we deployed the frigate HMCS Toronto for much of 2013 with the multinational Combined Task Force 150, where she registered a string of successful interdictions in contributing to the regional counter-terrorism effort. At press time, HMCS Regina will have replaced Toronto on patrol.
Among our closest defense partners, strategic cooperation continues to drive our requirements for high levels of technical and tactical interoperability to ensure our forces will be able to work alongside one another in a battlespace that is becoming increasingly networked, joint, and integrated. All this is possible not only through complex and realistic exercises at sea, but also through arrangements by which we exchange personnel, share intelligence, collaborate in maritime research and development, develop our tactics, and collaborate in defense production.