The Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN) HMCS Ottawa has successfully concluded a layered missile engagement off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, on its Poseidon Cutlass 17-1 deployment.
HMCS Ottawa's test procedure was the first of its kind for the Canadian Navy and follows extensive preparation, including several weeks of training and study.
The above-water warfare training involved the launch of an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), as well as engagements with the Bofors 57mm Mark III and 20mm close-in weapons systems.
HMCS Ottawa's training demonstrated the capabilities of the ESSM when deployed in surface-to-air in surface-to-surface (SASS) mode against a Hammerhead target, which was provided by QinetiQ Target Systems Canada.
These targets are designed to cause destruction and offer a significant opportunity for vessels to exercise their capabilities, while employing weapons systems to their full potential.
The tests saw the target piloted towards the RCN vessel at high speed in order to simulate a small attack craft.
HMCS Ottawa's warfare team went through the layers of defensive weapons, beginning with the missile engagement before promptly transitioning to the 57mm main gun, and finally engagement with the close-in-weapons system, which eventually disabled the target and prevented it from closing in on the vessel any further.
The exercise demonstrated the Royal Canadian Navy’s capability to conduct and support force generation overseas.
Canada seeks to strengthen its diplomatic engagement and defence relations through the Poseidon Cutlass 17-1 deployment, while supporting the maintenance of regional peace and security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.
Image: An Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile is launched from HMCS Ottawa. Photo: courtesy of Royal Canadian Navy / Crown Copyright.