HMCS Brandon Participates in Exercise ARCTIC EDGE 2022

HMCS Brandon is participating in the United States Arctic-collective Exercise ARCTIC EDGE 2022 in the Alaskan Command area of responsibility (AOR) until March 11, 2022. The biennial exercise helps sharpen Canadian-U.S. interoperability and sharing of cold-weather warfare expertise in the Arctic.

Inaugurated in 2018, the exercise is carried out in multiple venues across the Alaskan AOR and runs concurrently to related Arctic exercises from late February until mid-March, with approximately 1,000 participants in total. It is sponsored by North American Aerospace Defence (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and planned and delivered by United States Alaskan Command (ALCOM). Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) units across the Canadian Army (CA) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) are participating, but for this third iteration of Exercise ARCTIC EDGE, HMCS Brandon is the first and only Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) vessel participating in the naval vignette.

The team aboard HMCS Brandon is exercising Arctic warfare interoperability coordinated by United States Navy Mine Countermeasures Group Three (MCMGRU-3), which simulates cold-weather mine-countermeasure activities. The embarked RCN Seabed Intervention Systems (SBIS) team launches a Remote Environment Measuring Unit (REMUS) 100 to scan the area for mock-underwater mines laid by MCMGRU-3.

To identify the scanned objects, the team evaluates the acoustic-profile graphic of the undersea surface produced by the REMUS 100, and identifies any underwater mines in the image that require intervention by the embarked Clearance Diver Team from the Fleet Dive Unit (Pacific).

The Clearance Diver Team deploys to either render safe or dispose of potential underwater mines, which HMCS Brandon returns to their US counterparts in Juneau, Alaska before returning to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in mid-March.

US Army photo

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