Only Two Combatant Ships in West Coast Task Group Exercise

HMC Ships Regina and Calgary were the only combatant ships during Task Group Exercise (TGEX) 20-1 off the coast of Vancouver Island. At one time in the Pacific, the two squadrons of escort ships would face off in combat training scenarios. Foreign ships would also take part periodically, cruiser HMS Blake and other Royal Navy ships took part in MARCOT 1978. Sadly, antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training is virtually nonexistent. Despite 22 years in commission with no deployments, submarine Victoria, the only one near ready to go to sea and which…

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