The RCN welcomes Carrier Strike Group Ten

MARLANT - Admiral's View / June 28, 2017

Rear Admiral John Newton, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, issued the following statement:

“It’s my privilege to extend a warm welcome to Rear-Admiral James Malloy and the sailors of Carrier Strike Group Ten. Halifax is a historic seaport with abundant hospitality and recreation opportunities. Indeed, our shared maritime history is readily apparent in the features of this east coast port. In the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, a calamity that claimed almost 2000 lives, we remember that it was Boston that sent relief to Halifax, a gift of humanity that can never be repaid.

“I would be remiss to not acknowledge the tragedy aboard USS Fitzgerald most recently. On behalf of all under my command, I offer sincere condolences to the families, loved ones and colleagues of the seven sailors who perished. I am sure that this accident has deeply affected all who sail in the United States Navy.

“It bears noting that The Royal Canadian Navy and the United States Navy operate at home and abroad in a wide range of mutually beneficial defence and security initiatives. Six United States Navy personnel serve under my direct command in Halifax. Moreover, 35 members of my staff serve in United States Navy facilities charged with undersea surveillance. Our awareness of what is transpiring in the international waters of the broad Pacific and Atlantic Oceans is built on shared endeavour between our two navies. Globally, our forces routinely patrol together, whether interdicting illicit drugs in southern waters or helping build partner navy competencies in West Africa. Our maritime forces work side-by-side in countless international operations, patrolling together across the broad arc of the Indo-Asia Pacific, to the ice filled fringes of northern waters, and into the Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions. The defence and security relationship between our two countries is deep and longstanding, built on common continental and alliance interests, mutual understanding, interoperability and trust.

“USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS San Jacinto, USS Winston S. Churchill and USNS Robert E. Peary - thank you for visiting during our Canada 150 celebration. Your duty at sea and during your own Independence Day celebration reinforces yet again the depth of our joint security endeavours, and the value placed on friendship and partnership.”