Canadians and Australians enjoy very close defence relations having fought side-by-side in the two World Wars and the Korean War. More recently, Canada contributed forces to the International Force East Timor operation. The two countries cooperated closely during combat against terrorism operations in Afghanistan and both have participated in numerous Arabian Gulf deployments enforcing UN Security Council sanctions and embargoes.
Against the background of the historically close linkage brought on by the long standing support and interaction with Australians, the Canadian Defence Advisor (CDA) at the High Commission in Canberra works to maximise the opportunities for the two countries to operate together and further progress the increased interoperability that results from such occasions. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship CALGARY's recent successful ship visits to Fremantle/Perth and Sydney is a manifest example of the activities that epitomise the close relationship fostered by the two nations.
The office of the CDA is responsible for furthering defence and defence intelligence issues between Canada and Australia. The CDA also acts to assist, where possible, in defence-related trade matters. In addition, although Ottawa staff handle the main administration load for the personnel, the Canberra office covers those Canadians on exchange with Australian Defence units and formation, who number some 20 individuals at the time of writing.
Links to the Canadian Defence sites are outlined below