The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) modernised Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver has successfully test-fired the Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missiles against a shore-based target.
The test firing marks the first time the RCN has demonstrated the surface-to-surface missile launch capability during the Joint Littoral Training Exercise (JoLTEX.)
The JoLTEX 16 is a training exercise recently concluded by the RCN at a US Navy missile firing range off the coast of California.
Royal Canadian Maritime Fleet Pacific commander commodore Jeff Zwick said: "This successful launch test serves not only as a testament to the professionalism of the sailors onboard HMCS Vancouver, but also serves to usher in a renewed capability for the Royal Canadian Navy.
"Years of work and innovation have led us to this point, and our sailors now have one more reason to hold their heads high.
"The success of JoLTEX 16 clearly demonstrates the Navy’s commitment to providing a modern, flexible, and combat-capable maritime force, not only above, on, and below the seas, but one that is now also capable of striking from sea to shore."
The demonstration of the capability follows a $4.3bn programme to modernise and overhaul RCN’s Halifax-class frigates and weapon systems.
The firing of these missiles in a coastal target suppression mode also marks the first time integration of the Harpoon Block II missiles and the new combat management systems onboard the RCN’s modernised frigate and is said will be instrumental in supporting the Canadian Armed Forces’ and its allies’ combat operations ashore.
Image: A Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missile is launched from HMCS Vancouver. Photo: Leading Seaman Sergej Krivenko, HMCS Vancouver.