November 27, 2015
HALIFAX, N.S. – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montréal returned from Western European waters today after participating in multi-national joint exercises. The ship returned to Halifax following Task Group Exercises, Exercise Joint Warrior and Exercise At Sea Demonstration (ASD) 2015.
HMC Ships Athabaskan, Halifax, Montréal, Goose Bay, Summerside and Windsor departed Halifax in the early fall on multiple exercises aimed to enhance the combat readiness of units, improve unit interoperability, and confirm operational mission preparedness. The participation of Canadian Armed Forces personnel and RCN assets in these exercises enhanced Canada’s ability to operate with our NATO Allies and contribute to solutions for an evolving and challenging global security environment.
HMCS Montréal is the last of the five surface ships deployed on multinational exercises this fall to return to Halifax. Training during these exercises focused on gunnery, maritime interdiction, air defence, submarine defence and air operations. Canadian sailors and aircrew had the opportunity to work with other nations in all these roles, strengthening our interoperability with defence partners.
In October, HMCS Montréal clearly demonstrated the quality of its air defence capabilities during the Maritime Theatre Missile Defence Forum’s ASD 2015, a multinational exercise that took place off the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. ASD 2015 was the first exercise of its kind in European waters and involved navies from Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.
The Maritime Theatre Missile Defence Forum (MTMD) is an international group whose member navies plan and train together to counter missile threats from short, medium, and long range missiles, including anti-ship cruise missiles.
Earlier in the deployment, Montréal participated in Task Group Exercises along the eastern Sea Board with HMC Ships Athabaskan and Halifax in the lead up to Exercise ASD 15, as well as Exercises Joint Warrior and TRIDENT JUNCTURE.
HMCS Halifax demonstrated excellence at sea as the command platform, a ship which has the capability and enables the direction, coordination, and control of a task group or fleet, for the duration of the exercise, a first for post HCM/FELEX ships.
HMC Ships Athabaskan, Halifax, Goose Bay, Summerside and Windsor, along with HMCS Winnipeg, seconded from duties on Operation REASSURANCE, took part in Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE. With the participation of more than 800 Royal Canadian Navy sailors, this year’s TRIDENT JUNCTURE exercise was the largest NATO Maritime exercise that Canada has participated in, in nearly two decades.
Units and personnel from Canada, Poland, France, Germany, Denmark, Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, and others participated in Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE.
“The Royal Canadian Navy is an important contributor to NATO operations by providing modern, deployable assets to allied missions and highly trained personnel to its command structure. In particular, these exercises highlighted the benefits of the new command and control and air defence capabilities introduced by the Halifax Class modernization program.”
-Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy
“This deployment underlines the Navy’s ability to provide warships for international missions around the world. From the ships on operations to the support staffs at home – the last couple of months were made possible by a huge One Navy team working together to enable our Navy’s largest contribution to a NATO maritime exercise in nearly twenty years.”
-Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic
Imagery – Task Group Exercises
Imagery – Joint Warrior
Imagery – Trident Juncture
Backgrounder – Trident Juncture / JOINTEX