2020 News 

HMCS Winnipeg’s eye in the sky

November 17, 2020 – Four short pips come over the ship’s public address system, then “Flying stations!” HMCS Winnipeg’s CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter is on the flight deck as the flight crew prepares to take off. It’s just another day for the air detachment, charged with ensuring Winnipeg’s Cyclone is ready for the task at hand. Winnipeg’s Cyclone goes by call-sign Stinger 09, and it is something to see in action. The first opportunity the ship’s company had to see the helicopter operating from the ship was during the August…

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USS Curtis Wilbur Conducts Gunnery Exercise with HMCS Winnipeg

November 5, 2020 – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducted a live-fire gunnery exercise with the Halifax class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) off the coast of Japan, Nov. 5, 2020. The evolution was part of a bilateral exercise to increase warfighting readiness and interoperability between United States Navy and Royal Canadian Navy forces. “This exercise was a great opportunity for the crew of Curtis Wilbur to train outside our normal routine,” said Ensign William Lee, gunnery officer of USS Curtis Wilbur. The gunnery exercise…

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Exercise Keen Sword 21 Enhances Alliances

November 5, 2020 – Units attached to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and the Japan Self-Defense Force completed exercise Keen Sword 21 (KS21), Nov. 5, on military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa prefecture, and their surrounding waters. The joint-bilateral field training exercise (FTX), including forces from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps, enhanced Japan-U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. The FTX included maritime operations, amphibious landings, air operations, resupply efforts, integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercises, cyber and space operations, and base security events. “Keen Sword was a…

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Winnipeg Refuels from USNS Tippecanoe

October 30, 2020 – Military Sealift Command Far East’s Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) routinely conducts replenishments at sea (RAS) for both U.S. ships and those from partner and ally nations – almost on a daily business. “USNS Tippecanoe’s officers and crew have shown fortitude, skill and dedication while providing much needed food, fuel, supplies and cargo to U.S. Navy, coalition and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships operating in the 7th Fleet,” said Capt. Kylie Howard. “They have created a culture of safety and professionalism…

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China warns Canada over its provocative actions in the South China Sea, Taiwan Straits

October 29, 2020 (propaganda) – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has always been able to resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and frustrate separatist forces seeking “Taiwan independence” in any form, said Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian. He made the remarks when asked to comment on Canada’s recent actions related to the South China Sea and the Taiwan Straits. Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has said that NATO needs to “monitor” China’s activities, as the actions that it has been “demonstrating in the South China Sea are…

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US, Japan & Canada in Exercise Keen Sword 21

October 25, 2020 – U.S. Indo-Pacific Command forces and units from the Japan Self-Defense Force began exercise Keen Sword 21 (KS21), Oct. 26, on military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa prefecture, and their surrounding territorial waters. Keen Sword 21 is a biennial, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command-scheduled, and U.S. Pacific Fleet-sponsored field training exercise (FTX). The joint/bilateral FTX runs through Nov. 5. KS21 is designed to enhance Japan-U.S. combat readiness and interoperability while strengthening bilateral relationships and demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interests…

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Winnipeg Undertaking Two Brief Sanction Patrols

October 6, 2020 – HMCS Winnipeg has transitioned from Operation PROJECTION to Operation NEON, Canada’s contribution to a virtue-signaling brief participation in a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions imposed against North Korea. While HMCS Winnipeg and its embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter is deployed on Op NEON in the East China Sea region, its crew will work with our partners to identify suspected maritime sanctions evasion activities, in particular ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and other commodities subject to UNSC resolutions. Along with…

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HMCS Winnipeg Refuels from USNS Henry J Kaiser

 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 17, 2020) Members of Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) participate in a replenishment-at-sea with U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Ten nations, 22 ships, one submarine, and more than 5,300 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from August 17 to 31 at sea around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC is a biennial exercise designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships, critical to ensuring the safety of…

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Royal Canadian Navy Representing Canada at RIMPAC 2020

August 17, 2020 – Exercise Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. Since its inception in 1971, the unique training event has grown in scope and complexity to provide participating nations the chance to strengthen military partnerships, provide experience operating with international forces and overall readiness to contribute to a wide-range of potential coalition operations. The at-sea-only construct for RIMPAC 2020 was developed to ensure the safety of all military forces participating by minimizing shore-based contingents. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet crafted the modified…

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