Canadian warships and Nato allies to embark on fleet exercise off Atlantic Coast

3 August 2014 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2014 18:30)

The Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN) five warships and four Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft, together with Nato allies, are set to take part in a multinational fleet exercise off the Atlantic Coast.

The Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN) five warships and four Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft, together with Nato allies, are set to take part in a multinational fleet exercise off the Atlantic Coast.

Starting from 5 August and continuing throughout the month, the exercise involves maritime forces from Canada, the US, Germany and Turkey, with 10 vessels, 15 aircraft and more than 2,300 personnel taking part.

"This is an exciting opportunity for participating members of the RCN to work with our allies in Nato."

It is aimed at improving combat readiness and enhancing interoperability and tactical excellence in a challenging ocean environment.

It will boost Canada's operational potential with Nato allies, while enabling Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel to contribute to activities, including Operation Reassurance, demonstrating the evolving and challenging global security environment.

RCN commander vice-admiral Mark Norman said: "This is an exciting opportunity for participating members of the RCN to work with our allies in Nato.

"The high tempo, joint training strengthens ties and understanding amongst global partners, improving our ability to successfully work together on multinational operations and missions."

The Canadian fleet taking part in the exercise includes the Athabaskan, Fredericton, Halifax, Glace Bay and Shawinigan warships, in addition to three CH-124 Sea King helicopters from 12 Wing Shearwater and a CP140 Aurora from 14 Wing Greenwood.

Maritime Forces Atlantic commander rear-admiral John Newton said: "Exercises such as this are important for maintaining a standing maritime force that is ready to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving landscape.

"The RCN and RCAF members are excited to be working with our allies in order to meet the challenges posed by complex warfare scenarios, finding innovative solutions to the tasks at hand."

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