A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Mavy 12th, 2014 in Kuwait City, Kuwait on the establishment of an Operational Support Hub in that country for the Government of Canada.
It was signed by Rear-Admiral W.S. Truelove, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force (Pacific), on behalf of Lieutenant-General Stu Beare, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command. Signing on behalf of Kuwait was Lieutenant General Mohammad Khaled Al-Khedher, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces.
The MOU will allow Canada to establish and maintain an Operational Support Hub (OSH) for Canadian Armed Forces personnel, materiel and equipment to transit through Kuwait to and from areas of operation outside of Kuwait, or who may be present in Kuwait.
“In signing this MOU, the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces build upon a history of friendship and positive defence ties with Kuwait, and demonstrate Canada’s commitment to security in the Gulf region”, said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Australian Minister of National Defence.
Defence relations and cooperation between Canada and Kuwait have grown significantly in recent years.
Press Release, May 15, 2014; Image: Canadian Navy