NATO Nations Hone ASW Skills in Cutlass Fury

September 24, 2019 – NATO nations in the Royal Canadian Navy-led exercise Cutlass Fury 2019 recently executed advanced training in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in the waters off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) is particpating, along with ships, submarines, aircraft and helicopters from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Denmark. “Cutlass Fury has been designed to provide advanced training opportunities for Canada and our Allies and partners,” said Commodore Rich Feltham, commander, Canadian Fleet Atlantic. “Together it will allow us to build upon our readiness…

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U-94 Sunk By USN PBY and HMCS Oakville

SERIAL NO. 5 U-94 SUNK BY U.S.N. PBY Plane and H.M.C.S. Oakville 8-27-42 POST MORTEMS ON ENEMY SUBMARINES DIVISION OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE Confidential [Declassified] NAVY DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS WASHINGTON SERIAL No. 5 REPORT ON THE INTERROGATION OF SURVIVORS FROM U-94 SUNK ON AUGUST 27, 1942 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WASHINGTON : 1942 OP-16-F-10(20) SS/EF74 L11-1/EF74 CONFIDENTIAL Declassified Serial No. 02488116 O. N. I. 250 SERIES NAVY DEPARTMENT, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, October 25, 1942. 1. The O. N. I. 250 Series –…

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U.S., allied forces complete EOD exercise Hydracrab 2019

August 31, 2019 – Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States completed exercise Hydracrab 2019, Aug. 31. Hydracrab was a first-of-its-kind quadrilateral exercise with key partner nations, which began Aug. 19 and spanned two weeks. The exercise aimed to prepare allied explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) forces to operate as an integrated, capable force in the changing and complex maritime Indo-Pacific region. “During the inaugural EOD Hydracrab exercise, our teams took on an incredible compilation of highly-realistic unit level drills, and several tactics exchanges,” said Cmdr. Andrew…

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Regina & Asterix Join Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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Glace Bay and Oriole to Represent RCN at New York Fleet Week

March 27, 2019 – Five U.S. Navy ships, three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), one Military Sealift Command ship, and two Royal Canadian Navy vessels will participate during 2019 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 22-28. It is anticipated that approximately 2,600 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. Ship and pier locations include: Manhattan, Pier 88: (Tours will be closed Sunday, May 26) • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21), from Mayport, Florida will embark…

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EOD Sailors, pilots hone boarding skills on MV Asterix during Keen Sword

November 2, 2018 – Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, attached to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), conducted helicopter visit, board, search and seizure (HVBSS) training with the Royal Canadian Navy ship MV Asterix and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 as part of exercise Keen Sword, Nov. 1. HVBSS teams are used to board vessels that are suspected of piracy or carrying illicit materials. They are trained to properly secure and search vessels in accordance with the mission. This was a unique opportunity for all personnel…

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Canada Upgrading MK 46 Torpedoes to Modern MK 54 Standard

August 22, 2018 – Canada, along with the UK, Australia and Taiwan, is piggybacking on a US Navy contract to Progeny Systems of Manassas, Virginia for upgrading the 40+ year old MK 46 ASW torpedo, currently embarked on CP-140 and CH-148 aircraft as well Halifax Class fr9gates The MK 54 can be deployed from a surface ship, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft to track, classify and attack underwater targets. It uses sophisticated processing algorithms to analyze the information, edit out false targets or countermeasures, and then pursue identified threats. The…

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Maritime Security Response Team–West, Canadian EOD Train to Mitigate Threats

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) deployable specialized forces (DSF) and Canadian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians trained for maritime interdiction operations during the opening events of the force integration training (FIT) phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Southern California (SOCAL). This year marks the first time that the USCG Maritime Security Response Team–West (MSRT-W) has participated in RIMPAC. Both MSRT-W DSFs and EOD technicians partnered in the training event under the umbrella of Commander Task Force (CTF) 177, RIMPAC’s mine warfare commander. Assigned participants in the training came from the…

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U.S., Canadian officials meet on emerging threat from drug traffickers

U.S. forces and international partners continue to see new smuggling tactics by transnational organized crime networks in the eastern Pacific Ocean including vessels specifically constructed for purposes of smuggling narcotics and other illicit contraband.  Senior officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Southern Command and the Canadian Armed Forces are meeting in San Diego this week to discuss  tactics of transnational crime networks and international efforts to combat the threat posed by these criminal organizations. These senior officials include: • U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander, Pacific Area •…

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