Joint training at sea

Crowsnest - Spring 2014 / April 24, 2014

Approximately 900 personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force participated in a major fleet exercise in February and March off the eastern seaboard.

During the exercise, HMC Ships Iroquois, Preserver and Ville de Québec operated with allied ships. At the beginning of the exercise, they operated with visiting Federal German Ship Bonn, and with U.S. Coast Guard vessel Campbell, executing replenishment-at-sea, communication and boarding training.

RCN ships also practised anti-submarine warfare scenarios with HMC Submarine Windsor, and operated with Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including one CP-140 Aurora from 14 Wing Greenwood, N.S., and two CH-124 Sea King helicopters from 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S., in a variety of operational scenarios.

“The RCN routinely conducts joint international training exercises with our allies to strengthen Canada’s ability to partner in multinational operations and missions,” says Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. “This type of training develops the skills that will be utilized when called upon by the Government of Canada.”