Japan Details Assistance of Canada and Other Allies in Monitoring North Korean Shipping

August 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Canadian Navy frigate “Ottawa” has responded to illegal maritime activities including “Setori” of North Korean flagged vessels prohibited by the UN Security Council resolution. As a ship, we plan to conduct a third surveillance surveillance since last year. In early September, Australia is scheduled to conduct a fifth aircraft warning surveillance from last year based on the United States Armed Forces Kadena Air Base based on the UN Army Status Agreement. Japan has united the international community to realize the disposal of all…

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HMCS Ottawa Deploys on Asia-Pacific Deployment

August 6, 2019 –HMCS Ottawa departed Esquimalt today for a four-and-a-half-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region on Operations PROJECTION and NEON. Operation PROJECTION contributes to the Canadian Armed Forces’ persistent maritime presence in the region. Operation NEON is Canada’s contribution to a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea. The imposed UN sanctions aim to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs and respond to North Korean nuclear weapon tests and ballistic missile launches. While deployed,…

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Victoria Shipyards to Maintain Canada’s West Coast-based Halifax-class Frigates

July 16, 2019 – Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards has signed a contract to perform Docking Maintenance work on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of Halifax-class frigates. This work has been executed by Victoria Shipyards for the last decade under the Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) modernization program. The maintenance support for Canada’s frigates will see Seaspan provide docking work periods for Canada’s five Halifax-class frigates stationed on the West Coast. The Government of Canada also announced similar work would be conducted by two other Canadian shipyards for Canada’s seven East Coast-based…

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A ship’s journey from deployment to deployment

By Matthew Mooney May 16, 2019 – It takes a lot for a ship and crew to be ready to let go lines and proceed to sea in support of Canadian operations around the world. The process begins the moment the ship returns from its previous deployment. A warship is like a floating city that’s constantly supporting its crew. After a long deployment overseas, the ship needs to proceed alongside for a maintenance period where anything that degraded can be repaired or replaced. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa’s road…

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HMCS Ottawa Tests Torpedo Readiness Against US Navy Submarines

March 26, 2019 – HMCS Ottawa has returned to Esquimalt after conducting torpedo readiness training with vessels of the United States Navy (USN) and supporting Operation Projection. The Halifax-class frigate and its crew of 220 completed a month-long deployment on March 4 that included participation in a USN Submarine Commander’s Course (SCC), February 20 to 22, off the coast of Hawaii. Ottawa sailed to Hawaii February 6 with HMCS Regina and Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix. During their transit to Pearl Harbor, Ottawa served as the command platform for the…

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HMCS Ottawa Fires Harpoons During JOLTEX

September 27, 2018 – HMCS Ottawa fired two Harpoon missiles in the Point Mugu Sea Test Range to the northwest of Los Angeles on September 7, 2018, striking targets ashore after it conducted a full dress rehearsal on the range the day prior to validate procedures and communications. “JOLTEX is a great force generation tool for those giving orders ashore, for those executing the strikes ashore, and everything in between,” said Lt Garrett Aitken RCN, Ottawa’s above water warfare officer. “Further, it provides an opportunity to develop and improve our…

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HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Ottawa depart Pearl Harbor for sea-phase at RIMPAC 2018

Royal Canadian Navy frigates HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331) and HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the at sea phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise July 9. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring…

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USS Halsey, HMCS Ottawa kick off RIMPAC 2018 Soccer tournament

By Petty Officer 1st Class Corwin Colbert Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) kicked off the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018 soccer tournament June 27 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The tournament runs though July 1 and allows servicemembers from different countries to build relations while participating in the world’s largest maritime exercise. Halsey Seaman Xavier Atkins called his first RIMPAC experience “amazing.” “RIMPAC, personally, is a great opportunity for me to meet servicemembers…

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Canadian Armed Forces set to participate in Exercise RIMPAC

Over 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The world’s largest international maritime exercise takes place June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. During RIMPAC, forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities from disaster relief to maritime security operations and complex warfighting. Canada, along with Australia and the United States, has participated in every RIMPAC exercise since its inception in 1971. The continued participation of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reinforces Canada’s…

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