Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 26, 2014 10:36 ET

RCN and RCAF Conducts Training Exercise with International Partners

Fleet Exercise sees the Canadian Armed Forces train with the U.S. Coast Guard and German Navy

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 26, 2014) - Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy

Approximately 900 personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force are participating in a major fleet exercise this week until March 14, 2014, off the Eastern seaboard. This exercise will also see the contribution of United States Coast Guard vessel, USCG Campbell, and the Federal German Ship (FGS) Bonn, a Berlin-class replenishment ship.

Quick Facts

  • Participating units from Canada are Her Majesty's Canadian (HMC) Ships Iroquois, Preserver, Ville de Quebec and Windsor, as well as a 14 Wing Greenwood CP-140 Aurora aircraft and a 12 Wing Shearwater CH-124 Sea King helicopter.

  • Naval exercises are designed and routinely conducted to build and strengthen interoperability and combined effectiveness between the RCN, RCAF and principal allies.

  • Exercises aim to provide naval and air force personnel with the most realistic training possible under difficult environmental conditions that stress the entirety of ships' teams. This type of training develops the skills that will be utilized when called upon to provide support to the Government of Canada in a wide range of continental and international missions.

  • This specific exercise also aims to prepare HMCS Ville de Québec to conduct pre-deployment training of a ship's company in preparation for future naval deployments.

  • Canada's recent decision to recapitalize our fleet replenishment capability utilizing a design from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, similar to that used for the construction of FGS Bonn, increases the excitement for the participation of this Berlin-class ship. RCN members will be able to witness first hand some of the capabilities offered by this class of vessel.


"The RCN routinely conducts joint international training exercises with our allies to strengthen Canada's ability to partner in multi-national operations and missions. This type of training develops the skills that will be utilized when called upon by the Government of Canada."

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy

"Exercises such as this aim to stress ships' companies in high-tempo, difficult environmental conditions and complex scenarios. HMC Ships will be using this exercise as an opportunity to conduct training as a key springboard to operational deployments in 2014."

Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander of Maritimes Forces Atlantic

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