Parade of Ships Kicks off Seattle Fleet Week

July 31, 2019 – Guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), Royal Canadian navy ships HMCS Edmonton, and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC 618) participated in a parade of ships in Elliott Bay, July 29, to kick off the 70th annual Seattle Fleet Week. Seattle Fleet Week 2019 is a time-honored celebration of the sea services and provides an opportunity for the citizens of Washington to meet Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services…

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Rose Festival Fleet Week

Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans. The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S.…

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RCN & US Coast Guard Offload 5,100 lbs of Cocaine in San Diego

December 7, 2018 – A Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team member puts a bale of cocaine on a pallet as U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy crews offload more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine Dec. 7, 2018, worth nearly $70 million wholesale, in San Diego following a 49­ day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton with an embedded U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment. The cocaine was seized in international waters off the coast of Central and South America…

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Multinational experiences on Operation CARIBBE

November 16, 2018 – On October 23, 2018 HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Edmonton participated in a cooperative deployment with Armada de la República Mexicana (ARM) Hidalgo and ARM Avior of the Mexican Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock as part of Operation CARIBBE. Aimed at building multinational relationships with our allies and partners, cooperative deployments not only provide opportunities for ships to work and manoeuvre together, but also allow members from each nation to visit and experience each other’s ships. “Being in ARM Hidalgo was really amazing,” says…

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Engineering team keeps HMCS Nanaimo ready to fight

November 16, 2018 – The role of the Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels has certainly evolved in recent years. Originally ordered in an untendered contract by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to replace Bay and Porte Classes in the training role, these 55 meter civil-design vessels are now conducting extended operations such as Operation CARIBBE and have crossed the Atlantic. With longer blocks of time spent at sea, the engineering section in a Kingston-class is one of the busiest teams – both at sea and while alongside. “The scope of the…

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Technical Issues on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships

November 7, 2018 – Over the past two weeks there have been a series of technical issues that have affected deployed Royal Canadian Navy ships. Specifically there have been two fires in gas turbine enclosures, power failures, and a loss of propulsion. The fact that there have been this many instances in such a short period of time is of significant concern to the Royal Canadian Navy. The safety of our personnel at sea is of primary importance. Simply put our sailors need to have confidence in the technical readiness…

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