Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation BOREAL V

CF Overseas Operations have most often operated within the construct of an international mandate. As such, the International Information is presented first in order to provide the context of the Canadian Operation (displayed second). Eventually, all rotations associated with the particular Canadian operation will also be displayed.

International Information

International Operation Name: Russia - 1995

International Mission Name: Russia - 1995

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name: Europe

Location: Former Soviet Union; Russia

Mission Date: 4 November 1994 - 26 January 1995

Mandate: To deliver medical supplies to Russia.


Between January 1992 and August 1994, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) undertook four humanitarian missions into nations of the former Soviet Union. These were given the name Op Boreal. In October 1994, the Canadian Red Cross again requested Government of Canada assistance to deliver humanitarian supplies to Russia. Approval was given on 2 November for an assessment mission to be conducted.

National Defence Headquarters issued an operation order on 4 November, tasking an officer from 437 Squadron to accompany the Canadian Red Cross assessment team. The captain departed on this mission; however, on 26 January 1995, NDHQ issued a message indicating that the planned Op BOREAL V was postponed. The operation was not resurrected.