RCN Can Only Deploy Two Combatants to Their Own Exercise

September 17, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships participated in a photo exercise alongside the Royal Canadian Navy and other Allied navies Sept. 11 during exercise Cutlass Fury 2019. SNMG1 participants included the flagship U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F-314), the Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I (F930), the Portuguese Navy frigate NRP D. Francisco de Almeida (F334) and the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828). “Canada’s exercise Cutlass Fury 2019 is an excellent…

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First Cyclone deployment “outstanding”

January 24, 2019 – After six months away on Operation Reassurance, 21 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who deployed as the first Helicopter Air Detachment to operate and maintain a CH-148 Cyclone during deployed operations returned to Halifax January 21, 2019. Last July, the CH-148 Cyclone from 12 Wing Shearwater embarked in HMCS Ville de Quebec along with the ship’s HELAIRDET. The detachment comprised eight aircrew, one mission support member, and 12 technicians from the aviation systems, avionics systems, aircraft structures, and air weapons trades. HMCS Ville de…

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Ville de Quebec Home From SNMG2

January 21, 2019 – HMCS Ville de Quebec has completed her six-month deployment with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and returned to Halifax today. On January 19, 2019, HMCS Toronto left Halifax to take her place as the maritime component of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. After several years absence, it is nice to see Canada maintaining NATO duty at sea. Official RCN photos

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US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

January 16, 2019 – NATO’s standing naval forces are integrated into the NATO Response Force, and provide the Alliance with a continuous presence at sea. These multinational forces regularly carry out patrols, exercises and port visits, work with partners, and can be rapidly deployed in times of tension or crisis. They also support the Alliance’s Aegean deployment – helping to cut lines of illegal migration between Greece and Turkey. NATO’s naval forces consist of four groups: Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 and 2, and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups 1…

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NATO ships Train with Egyptian Navy at Sea

December 6, 2018 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a port visit to Alexandria, Egypt from 2 to 4 December followed by a Passing Exercise with the Egyptian Navy on 5 December. Although hampered by the weather conditions, the Passing Exercise consisted of a tactical maneuvering exercise, helicopter operations, replenishment practice and enhanced interoperability between the NATO and Egyptian Navy ships. The frigate ENS Alexandria, the fast missile ship ENS Soliman Ezzat and the replenishment ship ENS Shalatin participated from the Egyptian navy. Egypt is…

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NATO Maritime Command Leadership Visits Algeria

November 29, 2018 – The Deputy Commander of NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice-Admiral Hervé Bléjean visited Algiers, Algeria November 18 to 20 to discuss opportunities for future NATO maritime cooperation with Algerian Naval Forces in the Mediterranean. Admiral Blejean was received at the Algerian Naval Forces Headquarters by the Commander of the Naval Forces, Major-General Mohammed Larbi-Haouli and his senior general staff. During this visit Admiral Blejean also made courtesy calls to the Ambassadors of France, Mr Xavier Driencourt and the Ambassador of Spain, Mr Fernando Moran Calvo-Sotelo. In parallel,…

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Naval Communicator Rejoins After Missing RCN Camaraderie

November 15, 2018 – Leading Seaman Mark McInnis decided to re-enrol in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) after missing the camaraderie of his fellow sailors. The Naval Communicator, now working at Base Information Services in Esquimalt, B.C., had previously served two years in the RCN aboard HMCS Ville de Quebec. He decided to leave due to marital reasons and returned to civilian life as a supervisor and carpenter. But he missed life in the RCN and recently returned under the Skilled Re-enrolment Initiative. LS McInnis says the feeling of camaraderie…

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