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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

See also List of military engagements of World War I

World War II

See List of World War II military operations

Cold War Era



  • Berlin Airlift of 1948:
    • Vittles — US part of the Berlin Airlift
    • Planefare — British part of the Berlin Airlift.
  • Gladio (?) — Stockpiles of weapons in Switzerland, Austria and other countries for resistance to Soviet occupiers.
  • Goldmarker (1954) — covert American tunnel under the Berlin Wallmarker
  • Neptune (1964) — Soviet-led counterintelligence operation.
  • Reforger — Annual American exercise to "return forces to Germany".
  • Silver (1949) — 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

  • Anadyr — Soviet plan to base nuclear weapons in Cubamarker; 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) — 1951 CIA plan for a coup in Guatemala. Executed as Success
  • Golden Pheasant (1988) — US deployment in Honduras
  • Just Cause (1989) — US invasion of Panamamarker
  • Mongoose (1962) — plan for information gathering, sabotage, civil insurrection and the overthrown of the Cuban government.
  • Northwoods (1960s) — plan to incite war between the United States and Cuba.
  • Waverider (1972) — *Peter Pan (1960s) — transfer of Cubans to the US
  • Phibriglex (1962) — US plan and mock invasion by its armed forces of a Caribbean island. The exercise took place on Viequesmarker 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) — US deployment in the Dominican Republicmarker
  • Success (1954) — 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala.
  • Urgent Fury (1983) — US invasion of Grenadamarker

Southern Africa

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

Chad Civil War (1965–1993)

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

Falklands War (1982)

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


Vietnam (pre-Vietnam War)

Korean War

Vietnam War

Post-Cold War



Other Africa

East Timor

Croatian War of Independence 1991-1995

  • 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 Nation 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

  • 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) — offensive of Bosnian Muslim forces against Bosnian Croats in northern and eastern Herzegovina
  • Bøllebank ("Hooligan-bashing" in Danish) (April 1994) — UN-forces' use of tanks against Bosnian Serbian forces.
  • Amanda (1994) — Danish UN-forces' second engagement against Bosnian Serb forces.
  • Summer '95 (July 1995) — Croatian offensive in west Bosnia
  • Sword '95 (1995) — Bosnian-Serb offensive against Bosnian-Moslem forces in west Bosnia
  • Koridor '92 (1995) — One of the most successful Bosnian-Serb operations against Moslem and Croatian military forces
  • Deliberate Force (August - September 1995) — NATOmarker air campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker
  • Tiger (1995) — offensive of pro-government Bosnian Muslim forces against forces of Fikret Abdić
  • Maestral (September 1995) — Major Croatia offensive in western Bosnia
  • Južni Potez (October 1995) — Croatia offensive in area around Mrkonjić Grad
  • Sana (1995) — Bosnian offensive in northwest Bosnia
  • Pauk (1995) — Bosnian-Serb and rebel Croatian Serb offensive in northwest Bosnia
  • Una (1995) — Failed Croatian operation against Bosnian-Serb Army. Bosnian-Serb victory
  • Joint Endeavor (December 1995) — NATOmarker peace-keeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker
  • Joint Guard (December 1996 - 1998) — NATOmarker peace-keeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker which established SFOR
  • Joint Forge (1998) — NATOmarker peace-keeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker following Operation Joint Guard

Kosovo War 1999


  • Able Sentry (1993-94) — Berlin Brigade deployed as part of Multi-National United Nations Protection Forces (UNPROFOR) to the Republic of Macedoniamarker 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 — Canadian contribution to NATO's Essential Harvest
  • Kinetic — Canada's contribution to NATO's mission KFOR to secure Kosovomarker and Macedonia and to provide humanitarian needs to displaced persons
  • Echo — Canada sending air forces to Avianomarker, Italy to enforce a no-fly zone over Balkan region (UNSFOR and UNKFOR)
  • Mountain Storm — Macedonian special police operation against Albanian extremists (2007).


Persian Gulf War

Iraq (post-Gulf War)

Arab/Israeli Conflict


1948-1949 Arab-Israeli War

  • Assaf (1948) — Israeli offensive against the Egyptian Army in order to take control of the western Negev desertmarker
  • Balak (1948) — Smuggling of arms purchased in Czechoslovakia to Israel
  • Barak (1948) — Israeli attack to capture al-Ramla
  • Ben-Ami (1948) — Israeli capture of Acre
  • Bin Nun (1948) — First Israeli offensive to seize the Latrunmarker
  • Bin Nun B (1948) — Second Israeli offensive to seize the Latrunmarker
  • Hametz (1948) — Israeli operation to isolate Jaffamarker
  • Horev (1948) — Israeli offensive to remove Egyptians from the Negev
  • Danny (1948) — Israeli relief of Jerusalemmarker and securing of the areamarker around Tel Avivmarker
  • Dekel (1948) — Large Israeli offensive capturing Nazarethmarker and lower Galilee
  • Gideon (1948) — Israeli operations to capture the approaches to Jeninmarker and remove Arab forces from the upper Jordan Valley
  • Harel (1948) —
  • Hiram (1948) — Large Israeli attack resulting in the capture of the entire Galilee and (temporarily) 41 villages in southern Lebanon, with Israeli forces reaching the Litani River for the first time
  • Horev (1948) — widescale Israeli attack against the Egyptian Army in the western Negev with Israel temporarily occupying Gaza and parts of northeast Sinai
  • Kedem (1948) — Failed Israeli attempt to capture East Jerusalem
  • Kilshon (1948) — Israeli capture of the Jewish suburbs of Jerusalem particularly Talbiyamarker in central Jerusalem
  • Maccabi (1948) — Early Israeli attempt to open the road to Jerusalem
  • Mateh (1948) —
  • Misparayimmarker (1948) — Israeli capture of the Arab quarter of Haifa
  • Nachshon (1948) — Israeli clearance of Arab forces blocking the Jerusalem road
  • Ovda (1949) — Last Israeli operation of the war resulting in the capture the southern Negev desert including Umm Rashrash (present day Eilatmarker)
  • Schfifon (1948) — Israeli operation to capture the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Yevusi (1948) — Israeli capture of Jewish buildings and neighbourhoods in Jerusalem
  • Yiftah (1948) — Israeli attack to clear eastern Galilee of Arab forces
  • Yoav (1948) — Israeli operation to drive a wedge between Egyptian forces in the Negev desert
  • Yoram (1948) — Third Israeli offensive to seize the Latrunmarker

1956 Suez Crisis

  • Operation Susannah (1954) — False flag terrorist operation against American and British forces in Egypt.
  • Musketeer (1956) — Anglo-French invasion of Egypt to capture the Suez Canal during the Suez Crisis.
    • Slope — original Israeli plan for capturing the Sinai, replaced by Kadesh.
    • Kadesh (1956) — Israeli armored thrust into the Sinai Peninsula.
      • Machbesh — Air operations element of Kadesh.
      • Omer — planned Israeli air attack on Egyptian guns covering Strait of Tiran.
      • Steamroller — Israeli air assault/airdrop (using paratroopers) that began Kadesh and provided the excuse for the launch of Musketeer.
  • Paladin (1956) — Australia's contribution to the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) [22907]

1967 Six Day War

  • Dawn (1967) — Egyptian plan for a preemptive strike against Israel; it came within hours of implementation but was canceled only because Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser feared it had been compromised.
  • Focus (1967) — Israeli Air Force bombing of Egyptian airfields, expanded to include Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi airfields as well (also known as Moked, its Hebrew name).

1968-1970 War of Attrition

  • Boxer (1969) — a series of attacks by the Israeli Air Force on Egyptian SAM installations
  • Bulmus 6 (1969) — Israeli special operations raid against the Egyptian fortress and early warning radar and ELINT station of Green Island in the Gulf of Suez
  • Kavkaz (1970) — Direct Soviet intervention on the side of Egypt for the deployment and manning of new SAM batteries along with squadrons of aircraft to protect them from Israeli attacks
  • Raviv (1969) — Israeli armoured raid across the Gulf of Suez into Egypt. Egyptian radar installation at Ras Abu-Daraj and Ras Za'arfrana were destroyed. Also known as the Ten-Hour War.
    • Escort (1969) — Israeli air support component of Israeli landing on western side of the Gulf of Suez (Raviv).
  • Rooster 53 (1969) — Israeli special operation to capture an Egyptian P-12 radar system.
  • Priha ("Blossom") (1970) — A concentrated series of Israeli strikes against military targets in the Egyptian heartland.

1973 Yom Kippur War

1978 Israel/Lebanon conflict

Sinai Peninsula 1982 - 1986 and 1993 - ongoing

1982-2000 Israel–Lebanon conflict

Gaza Strip

2006 Lebanon War

Other Israeli Operations

See also

Global War on Terror and other associated activity

Afghanistan War

Iraq War

Other military counter-terrorist operations

Terrorist operations

Counter-terrorism drills

Preventive counter-terrorist operations

Reactive counter-terrorist operations


  • 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 Tiranamarker, Albania
  • Breakwater [22909] (????) — 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
  • Flaviusmarker (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 Antarcticamarker.
  • 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.

Law Enforcement

US Drug Enforcement Administration Operations

Other anti-narcotic operations

Anti-child pornography operations

Operations against intellectual property theft

  • Buccaneer (2001) — International raid on software pirates.
  • D-Elite (2005) — US raid on software pirates.
  • Fastlink (2004) — International operation against pirated computer software.
  • Site Down (2005) — International crackdown on pirated movies.

Other operations

Humanitarian Operations


Non-military operations

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