Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 27, 2013 10:00 ET

Canadian Armed Forces to Participate in Two Major Exercises

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 27, 2013) - Six Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships sailed from Halifax, N.S., earlier this week to participate in a Task Group Exercise (TGEX) off the Canadian Atlantic Coast from November 25 to December 6, 2013.

"This Task Group Exercise will have the added value of being a part of NORAD Exercise Amalgam Dart, proving interoperability between the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the US Air Force," said Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic. "Such training strengthens ties and understanding amongst allies, improving our ability to successfully work together on operations."

"Task Group Exercises strengthen Canada's ability to work on a wide range of potential operations," explained Commodore Scott Bishop, Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic. "Exercises like TGEX offer valuable training for the RCN to maintain readiness and deploy when called upon by the Government of Canada."

RCN units participating in this Exercise include Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Iroquois, Ville de Québec, Halifax, Fredericton, and Kingston, and Her Majesty's Canadian Submarine Windsor. The ships will be supported by CH-124 Sea King helicopters from 12 Wing Shearwater.

The Royal Canadian Air Force will participate in Exercise Amalgam Dart, together with the RCN and the United States Air Force, from December 3 to 5, with the following aircraft: a CC-130 Hercules from 8 Wing Trenton, a CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft from 14 Wing Greenwood, and CF-188 Hornets from 3 Wing Bagotville augmented by personnel from 22 Wing North Bay. NORAD Exercise Amalgam Dart offers an opportunity to hone skills in intercept and identification procedures used to respond to any potential air threat, as well as air-to-air refueling procedures.

Note to Editors / News Directors:

Media inquiries about this Task Group Exercise shall be directed to Maritime Forces Atlantic Public Affairs at 902-427-3766 or via email to marlantpublicaffairs@forces.gc.ca .

Media inquiries about Ex Amalgam Dart shall be directed to Capt Jeff Noel, 1 Canadian Air Division Public Affairs, at 204-833-2500 ext. 2028 or jeffrey.noel@forces.gc.ca.

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