Joint Task Force 2 – JTF2

A squad of elite Canadian Forces (CF) warriors operates under the name Joint Task Force 2, or simply JTF2. Its operations include counter-terrorism operations and armed assistance to other government agencies through military means.

JTF2 is a successor to the RCMP’s Special Emergency Response Team, which served on these security issues from 1986 to 1993 when the federal government restructured the Canadian armed forces. Today, JTF2 serves with the other Canadian Special Operations Regiment, the 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, and the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Company. They act as part of the Canadian Special Operation Forces Command.

Your mission

Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) has jurisdiction when there is a need to provide the Canadian government with a force capable of providing armed assistance in solving a problem or potential problem that could affect national security . While JTF2’s essential role is counter-terrorism, its staff can be deployed in any type of military operation that includes, but is not limited to, surveillance, security advisory, and close personal protection (VIP).

Your history

1992 Deputy Minister for defense announced that he recommended that the Governor General disband the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and form a new military counter-terrorism group. The decision was made largely because the Canadian Armed Forces were offering better trained recruits to the program than civilian police and contained public turmoil over the fact that the police were trained to be primarily lethal.

Canadian Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) members in an unknown location (Photo: YouTube)

The first members of the newly established unit joined in early 1993. First members were drawn mainly from the Canadian Airborne Regiment and Canadian Light Infantry by Princess Patricia, and their number was about 100 members. They were given the SERT facility on Dwyer Hill Road near the city of Ottawa as their own training ground and base of operations. A parked Greyhound bus and a DC-9 aircraft were immediately made available to them on the ground for training purposes.

Your first action should be to protect highways and water treatment plants in the area OK Reservation, while regular police were aiming at smuggling in the indigenous reservation. It sparked the Oka crisis when two Quebec daily newspapers announced the details of the operation just days before it was carried out and, of course, had to be canceled.

From then on, JTF2 was part of many missions, mostly as part of international military campaigns (UN, NATO).

JTF training missionJTF2 during the training mission (Photo: CTVNews.ca)

Their budget demanded more money every year. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, their budget was allocated approximately US $ 120 million over a six-year period as part of the overall post-September 11, 2001 plan to expand the units’ capacity and size to estimates 600 people to double. Today’s budget is unknown, but it is estimated that it has doubled since 2001.

Your operations

  • Bosnia
  • Afghanistan: 2001-present
  • Haiti
  • Iraq 2006

The general information about JTF2 is still not publicly available as it is usually not commented on by the Canadian government and is considered top secret. Despite the presentation, the special group’s faces will never be seen, but officials say it is important that the world know that they are a significant part of Canada’s military force.

“It is important that they are seen and contribute to the overall defense of Canada because much of what they do is in the shadows,” Brig. Gen. Denis Thompson, commander of the Canadian Forces Special Task Force, told reporters.

“It’s more ostentatious today because there’s more interest up there in simply showing that we have the ability to reach anywhere, anytime,” said Maj. Gen. David Fraser, a retired military commander.

Keep calm, return fire and stay healthy!

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