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This is a list of missions, operations, and projects. Missions in support of other missions are not listed independently.

World War I[edit | edit source]

See also List of military engagements of World War I

World War II[edit | edit source]

See List of World War II military operations

Cold War Era[edit | edit source]

Asia[edit | edit source]

Europe[edit | edit source]

  • Berlin Airlift of 1948:
    • Vittles United States— US part of the Berlin Airlift
    • Planefare United Kingdom— British part of the Berlin Airlift.
  • Gladio (?) — Stockpiles of weapons in Switzerland, Austria and other countries for resistance to Soviet occupiers.
  • Gold (1954) United States — covert American tunnel under the Berlin Wall
  • Neptune (1964) Soviet Union — Soviet-led counterintelligence operation.
  • Reforger United States — Annual American exercise to "return forces to Germany".
  • Silver (1949) United Kingdom — covert British communications tap in Austria
  • Banner (1969 - 2007) Deployment of British troops to Northern Ireland. To prevent sectarian killings and support the Police (RUC). Op Banner resulted in over 700 British Armed Forces deaths and 303 Police deaths at the hands of the Irish Republicans

Central America and the Caribbean[edit | edit source]

  • Anadyr Soviet Union — Soviet plan to base nuclear weapons in Cuba; the cause of the Cuban Missile Crisis
    • Kama — Soviet plan to forward-base seven Soviet ballistic missile submarines in Mariel, Cuba (part of Anadyr)
  • Fortune (1951) United States — 1951 CIA plan for a coup in Guatemala. Executed as Success
  • Golden Pheasant (1988) United States — US deployment in Honduras
  • Just Cause (1989) United States — US invasion of Panama
  • Mongoose (1962) United States — plan for information gathering, sabotage, civil insurrection and the overthrown of the Cuban government.
  • Northwoods (1960s) United States — plan to incite war between the United States and Cuba.
  • Waverider (1972) United States — *Peter Pan (1960s) — transfer of Cubans to the US
  • Phibriglex (1962) United States — US plan and mock invasion by its armed forces of a Caribbean island. The exercise took place on Vieques and the purpose of the mock invasion was to overthrow a fictitious leader called "Ortsac", whose name was, in fact, Castro spelled backwards. It occurred in August, shortly before the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is also known by the names Operation Ortsac, Operation Swift Strike II and Exercise Phibriglex-62.
  • Power Pack (1965) United States — US deployment in the Dominican Republic
  • Success (1954) United States — 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala.
  • Urgent Fury (1983) United States — US invasion of Grenada

Southern Africa[edit | edit source]

  • Hurricane (1972-1980) Rhodesia/Zimbabwe-Rhodesia — Operations by Rhodesian security forces against ZIPRA and ZANU guerillas in Mashonaland.
  • Operation Overload (1974) Rhodesia — Rhodesian security forces operation to establish protected villages.
  • Savannah (1975–76) South Africa — South African intervention in Angola in support of the FNLA.
  • Carlota (1977) Cuba — Cuban Deployment to counter South African attacks to Angola.
  • Dingo (1977) Rhodesia — Rhodesian attack on camps in Mozambique.
  • Tangent (1977-1980) Rhodesia/Zimbabwe-Rhodesia — Operations by Rhodesian security forces against insurgents in Matabeleland.
  • Favour (1978-1980) Rhodesia/Zimbabwe-Rhodesia — Training of former insurgents to serve as security force auxiliaries in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.
  • Reindeer (1978) South Africa — South African airborne attack on SWAPO base at Cassinga, Angola.
  • Rekstok (1979) South Africa — South African attack on SWAPO bases in Angola.
  • Safraan (1979) South Africa — South African attack on SWAPO bases in Zambia.
  • Klipklop (1980) South Africa — South African disruption of SWAPO logistics in Angola.
  • Sceptic (1980) South Africa — South African attack on SWAPO bases in Angola.
  • Protea (1981) South Africa — South African attack on SWAPO bases near Ongiva and Xangongo, Angola.
  • Carnation (1981) South Africa — South African skirmishes with SWAPO forces along the Angolan border.
  • Meebos (1982) South Africa — South African destruction of SWAPO's "East Front" HQ at Mupa, Angola.
  • Askari (1983) South Africa — South African attack on SWAPO and FAPLA forces in Angola.
  • Phoenix (1983) South Africa — South African response to mass SWAPO infiltration of South-West Africa
  • Alpha Centauri (1986) South Africa — South African operation in support of UNITA in Angola.
  • Modular (1987) South Africa — South African operation to reverse the FAPLA advance on Mavinga and Jamba.
  • Hooper (1988) South Africa — South African operation followup to Modular in pursuit of retreating FAPLA forces.
  • Packer (1988) South Africa — South African operation to push FAPLA and Cuban forces north of the Cuito river following Hooper.

Chad Civil War (1965–1993)[edit | edit source]

  • Bison (1969–72) France (French intervention to counter FROLINAT insurgency)
  • Tacaud (1978–80) France (Operation to avoid FROLINAT rebels taking Chad's capital)
  • Manta (1983–84) France (Intervention in the Chad-Libyan conflict)
  • Épervier (1986–) France (ongoing mission, originated to counter Libyan expansion in Chad)

Falklands War (1982)[edit | edit source]

  • Rosario Argentina — Argentine joint operation
    • Algeciras Argentina — Planned Argentine sabotage raid.
    • Azul Argentina — Argentine invasion
  • Corporate United Kingdom — British liberation
    • Paraquet United Kingdom — British recapture of South Georgia.
    • Black Buck United Kingdom — British long-range bombing raid
    • Keyhole United Kingdom — British commando raid
    • Purple Warrior — British training exercise incorporating lessons from the Falklands War
    • Sutton United Kingdom — British amphibious landings

Other[edit | edit source]

Vietnam (pre-Vietnam War)[edit | edit source]

  • Castor (1953) France South Vietnam — French resupply attempts by paradrop at Dien Bien Phu
  • Condor (1954) France — French relief of Dien Bien Phu
  • Lea (1947) France — Unsuccessful French attempt to capture the leaders of the Viet Minh
  • Vulture (1954) — or Operation Vautour, proposed American-French air operations against the Viet Minh around Dien Bien Phu

Korean War[edit | edit source]

  • Blue Hearts (1950) United Nations — UN amphibious landings at Pohang.
  • Courageous (1951) United Nations — Movement of UN infantry units up the Imjin River.
  • Commando (1951) United Nations — Attack to the Jamestown Line.
  • Chromite (1950) United Nations — UN invasion at Inchon.
  • Little Switch (1953) United Nations North Korea China — Exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war between United Nations and North Korean/Chinese forces.
  • Ripper (1951) United Nations — UN movements towards the 38th parallel to recapture Seoul.

Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Post-Cold War[edit | edit source]

Asia[edit | edit source]

Rwanda[edit | edit source]

  • Amphibian (2001) South Africa — South African deployment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda of observers to verify implementation of the Pretoria Agreement.
  • Clean Corridor (1994) United Nations — escort of Tutsi military forces to Kigali by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).
  • Ippocampo (1994) Italy — Italian codename for evacuation of Italian civilians from Rwanda
  • Silver Back (1994) — International codename for civilian evacuation in Rwanda
  • Tamar (1994) Australia United Nations — Australian contribution to peacekeeping in Rwanda.
  • Turquoise (1994) France — French led intervention in Rwanda to protect displaced persons.

Other Africa[edit | edit source]

East Timor[edit | edit source]

Croatian War of Independence 1991-1995[edit | edit source]

  • Operation Otkos 10 (end Oct-Nov 1991) — Croatian actions against rebel Serbs and regular Serbian forces on area from Mount Bilogora to Mount Papuk (on west of Slavonia)
  • Operation Orkan 91 (1991) — Follow-up offensive after Otkos 10.
  • Harmony — Canada's contribution to the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), which was created in February 1992 to ensure the protection and demilitarization of three UN Protected Areas in Croatia
  • Operation Tigar (July 1992) — Croatian military actions in occupied Dubrovnik hinterland, held by Serbomontenegrin regulars.
  • Medački džep (September 1993) Croatian offensive against rebel Serbs with aim of relieving the city of Gospić from Serb shelling attacks.
  • Bljesak ("Flash") (March 1995) — Croatian offensive against rebel Serbs, with aim of liberating occupied western Slavonia
  • Oluja ("Storm") (August 1995) — Croatian major offensive against most areas under control of rebel Serbs.

War in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1995[edit | edit source]

  • Maritime Monitor (July 1992 - November 1992) — in support of UN resolutions 713 and 757, operation which subsequently became:
  • Sky Monitor (October 1992 -) — NAEW orbit over the Adriatic. On 31 October an additional NAEW orbit was commenced over Hungary
  • Deny Flight (April 1993 - December 1995) — to prevent the violation of the Bosnia-Herzegovina airspace, declared "No-Fly Zone"
  • Neretva '93 (1993) Bosnia and Herzegovina — offensive of Bosnian Muslim forces against Bosnian Croats in northern and eastern Herzegovina
  • Bøllebank ("Hooligan-bashing" in Danish) (April 1994) United Nations — UN-forces' use of tanks against Bosnian Serbian forces.
  • Amanda (1994) United Nations — Danish UN-forces' second engagement against Bosnian Serb forces.
  • Summer '95 (July 1995) Croatia — Croatian offensive in west Bosnia
  • Sword '95 (1995) Bosnia and Herzegovina — Bosnian-Serb offensive against Bosnian-Moslem forces in west Bosnia
  • Koridor '92 (1995) Bosnia and Herzegovina — One of the most successful Bosnian-Serb operations against Moslem and Croatian military forces
  • Deliberate Force (August - September 1995) — NATO air campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Tiger (1995) Bosnia and Herzegovina — offensive of pro-government Bosnian Muslim forces against forces of Fikret Abdić
  • Maestral (September 1995) Croatia — Major Croatia offensive in western Bosnia
  • Južni Potez (October 1995) Croatia — Croatia offensive in area around Mrkonjić Grad
  • Sana (1995) Bosnia and Herzegovina — Bosnian offensive in northwest Bosnia
  • Pauk (1995) Bosnia and Herzegovina — Bosnian-Serb and rebel Croatian Serb offensive in northwest Bosnia
  • Una (1995) Croatia — Failed Croatian operation against Bosnian-Serb Army. Bosnian-Serb victory
  • Joint Endeavor (December 1995) — NATO peace-keeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Joint Guard (December 1996 - 1998) — NATO peace-keeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina which established SFOR
  • Joint Forge (1998) — NATO peace-keeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina following Operation Joint Guard

Kosovo War 1999[edit | edit source]

  • Allied Force (1999) — NATO's air campaign in Yugoslavia
  • Megaphone Canada — Canada's return of equipment used in Kosovo
  • Potkova ("Horseshoe") (1999) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia — Yugoslav army offensive against the KLA
  • Quadrant Canada — Canada's mission in Kosovo

Macedonia[edit | edit source]

  • Able Sentry (1993–94) United States — Berlin Brigade deployed as part of Multi-National United Nations Protection Forces (UNPROFOR) to the Republic of Macedonia to establish Camp Able Sentry and monitor sanctions imposed by NATO against Serbia/Kosovo.
  • Essential Harvest (2001) — month-long NATO mission of disarming ethnic Albanians in Macedonia
    • Forage Canada — Canadian contribution to NATO's Essential Harvest
  • Kinetic Canada — Canada's contribution to NATO's mission KFOR to secure Kosovo and Macedonia and to provide humanitarian needs to displaced persons
  • Echo Canada — Canada sending air forces to Aviano, Italy to enforce a no-fly zone over Balkan region (UNSFOR and UNKFOR)
  • Mountain Storm Republic of Macedonia — Macedonian special police operation against Albanian extremists (2007).

Haiti[edit | edit source]

Persian Gulf War[edit | edit source]

  • Desert Shield (1990–91) United States — American buildup prior to Gulf War
  • Desert Storm (1991) — Gulf War
    • Granby United Kingdom — British codename for operations during Gulf War
    • Daguet France — French codename for operations during Gulf War
    • Damask AustraliaRoyal Australian Navy deployment to the Persian Gulf.
    • Tempesta nel Deserto Italy — Italian codename for operation during Gulf War
    • Desert Sabre United States — Proposed Marine landing on the coast of Iraq.
    • Determination (early 1998) Canada — Canadian deployment in the Persian Gulf to force Iraq to comply with United Nations inspection agreements.
  • Ace Guard (1991) — The (NATO) Allied Command Europe Mobile Force for Turkey South Border Reinforcement (based at Diyarbakir AFB)
  • Record (1991) Canada — Canadian mission to secure Iraqi-Kuwaiti border

Iraq (post-Gulf War)[edit | edit source]

Arab-Israeli Conflict[edit | edit source]

Global War on Terror and other associated activity[edit | edit source]

Afghanistan War[edit | edit source]

Iraq War[edit | edit source]

Other military counter-terrorist operations[edit | edit source]

Terrorist operations[edit | edit source]

Preventive counter-terrorist operations[edit | edit source]

  • Active Endeavour NATO naval forces in the Mediterranean.
  • Asparagus Investigation and arrest into suspected Islamist terrorists in Belgium by Belgian police.
  • Atlas (2003) — counter-terrorism initiatives implemented by the New York Police Department.
  • Crevice (2004) — British counterterrorism action.
  • Green Quest (2001) — US Customs anti-money laundering operations targeting Al-Barakat transactions.
  • Kratos (2002) — Development and implementation of "shoot-to-kill" anti-terrorist policies by the London Metropolitan Police.
  • Laverda (2003) — London Metropolitan Police surveillance operations against Islamist demonstrations.
  • Liberty Shield (2003) — Department of Homeland Security operations to enhance security at US installations, and to detain selected foreign nationals.
  • NYShield (2003) — New York state plan to secure transport centres and nodes.
  • Safe Commerce (2004) — Implementation of new measures and technology to improve maritime cargo screening.
  • Sirius (2005) — Canadian military participation in Operation Active Endeavour.
  • Vigilance (2001) — Counter-terrorist operations conducted by the state of Arizona.

Reactive counter-terrorist operations[edit | edit source]

Other/Unknown[edit | edit source]

  • Abacus — Plan to use the Canadian Forces to maintain and restore vital public services in the event of disruption by the Year 2000 problem.
  • Artisan — Canadian Forces contribution to the Rinas Airfield Rehabilitation Project in Tirana, Albania
  • Breakwater [2] (????) — Australian air and sea operation targeting border incursions by foreign fishing boats off its northern coastline.
  • Bright Star — (1981) American exercise to reinforce allies in the middle east.
  • Chaperon — Canada's contribution to the United Nations of one military observer (UNMO).
  • Celesta — Australian naval surveillance in Australia's southern waters against illegal fishing.
  • Condor (1974) — Joint-operations by various South American countries, and supported by the United States, against dissidents in each other's borders.
  • Cranberry — Australian naval surveillance in Australia's northern waters against smuggling and illegal fishing.
  • Eclipse — deployment of Canadian soldiers to east Africa in support of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)
  • Ezra and Nehemiah (aka Ali Baba) (1950-1952) — mass migration/airlift of Iraqi Jews to Israel
  • Flavius (1988) — SAS action against the IRA in Gibraltar
  • Fusion — Canada's combined contribution to Allied Harmony and Concordia
  • Garden Plot — US Army plan for assistance to civil authorities.
  • Highjump (1947) — US Naval expedition to Antarctica.
  • Nunalivut (2006) — Canadian naval deployment in the Arctic.
  • Parabellum (2007) Italian Mafia-Iraq arms deal investigation.
  • Power Geyser (2005) — Military security support to the 2005 Presidential inauguration.
  • Prudence — Canada's participation in the Mission des Nations Unies dans la République Centrafricaine (MINURCA)
  • Relex (2001) — Australian defence force operations to secure Australia's northern maritime approaches against illegal immigration. Reactivated in 2004 as Operation Relex II.
  • Sure Victory (1997) — Sri Lankan counter-insurgency operations against the Tamil Tigers.
  • Exercise Unified Spirit — large NATO exercise held every two years to train the armed forces of member nations in joint and combined operations.
  • Operation Vijay (1999) — Indian operations against Pakistan during the Kargil war that took place between May and July 1999 at Kargil district, Jammu & Kashmir, India.

Law Enforcement[edit | edit source]

Other operations[edit | edit source]

Humanitarian Operations[edit | edit source]

  • Central (1998) — Canada's assistance to Central America after the devastation of Hurricane Mitch
  • Anode (2000) — Australian military contribution as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.
  • Assistance (1997) — Canadian assistance to Manitoba after major flooding.
  • Hajji Baba (1952) — United States assistance to Hajj pilgrims.
  • Helpem Fren (2000) — Pidgin for helping friend, multinational assistance to the Solomon Islands under the aegis of RAMSI.
  • Hawkeye (20 September 1989 - 17 November 1989) — Canada's assistance to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands after the devastation of Hurricane Hugo
  • Navy Help Darwin (1974) — Australian Naval assistance to Darwin after Cyclone Tracy.
  • Pakistan Assist (2005) — Australian Defence Force humanitarian operations providing support after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.
  • Peregrine — British Columbia forest fire fighting assistance by soldiers
  • Persistence (1998) — Canadian operation at Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia to recover bodies after crash of SwissAir Flight 111
  • Recuperation (1998) — Canadian assistance after major snowstorms in eastern Canada
  • Sumatra Assist (2005) — Australian Defence Force humanitarian operations following the 2005 Sumatra earthquake.
  • Torrent (1999) — Canadian assistance after earthquake in Turkey
  • Lichi (2000) — South African rescue operations in Mozambique after major flooding due to Cyclone Eline
  • 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
    • Australia
    • India
      • Sea Wave Which included:
        • Mother (mainland relief)
        • Mandat (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)
        • Rainbow (Sri Lanka)
        • Castor (Maldives)
        • Ghambir (Indonesia)
  • Dorca French assistance in Darfur in 2004
  • Unison Canadian response to Hurricane Katrina

Other[edit | edit source]

Non-military operations[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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