Maritime forces from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force are set to take part in the Task Group Exercise (TGEX), which will be held off the coast of Southern California, US, from 20 to 31 October.
Hosted by the US Navy’s 3rd Fleet, the exercise is aimed at improving combat readiness, interoperability and tactical excellence.
Canadian Fleet Pacific commander commodore Bob Auchterlonie said: "The Canadian Pacific Fleet routinely conducts operations and exercises with partner nations.
"The high-tempo training builds strong bilateral and multilateral ties between the RCN and the navies of other nations."
RAN assets taking part in the exercise include Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Calgary, Winnipeg, Brandon and yellowknife, in addition to two CH-124 Sea King helicopters from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.
Prior to their participation in TGEX, the three Canadian vessels will take part in San Francisco Fleet Week.
After the completion of TGEX, Yellowknife and Brandon will join Operation Caribbe, which is Canada’s contribution to the US Joint Interagency Task Force South’s Operation Martillo.
RAN Maritime Forces Pacific commander rear-admiral Bill Truelove said: "The Royal Canadian Navy is continuing to fulfil its commitment to Canadians by demonstrating excellence at sea on a daily basis.
"Participating in international Task Group Exercises and operations enhances our capability to maintain a fully multi-purpose, combat-capable fleet that operates seamlessly with international partners."
Image: HMCS Calgary vessel, which is one of four Canadian vessels participating in the TGEX. Photo: courtesy of the Royal Canadian Navy.