U.S., Canada Commence Bilateral Maritime Ops

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September 10, 2018 – The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and the Royal Canadian Navy are conducting bilateral operations in the North Atlantic Sept. 10-12.

Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis embarked the strike group flagship, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and the USS Normandy (CG 60) Sept. 10, to observe firsthand the exercises aimed at strengthening the two nations’ vital, longstanding partnership.

“Canada is our steadfast partner in NATO, in the North Atlantic, in the Artic, and around the globe,” said Lewis. “We operate alongside Canada in each of our numbered fleets, and 2nd Fleet looks forward to continuing that tradition in the North Atlantic. As the global security environment continues to change, training and operating in the maritime with all our NATO partners is more important than ever.”

Under the direction of U.S. Northern Command’s Navy Component Command, U.S. Navy North, HSTCSG will conduct evolutions with the Royal Canadian Navy across multiple warfare areas focused on defense of the homeland, and increasing interoperability and proficiency in conducting allied operations in the Atlantic. Training events will exercise air defense for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platforms; surface and antisubmarine warfare tactics; advanced maneuvering operations; and air operations, including air defense exercises and cross-deck helicopter flight operations and landing qualifications.

Scheduled participants include: HMCS Halifax, HMCS Toronto, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, guided missile cruiser Normandy, guided-missile destroyers USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), and fixed wing aircraft and helicopters from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1).

HSTCSG continues its scheduled deployment to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation efforts and forward naval presence in the