Toronto Takes Part in NATO ASW Exercise ORCA 2020

November 5, 2020 (Google Translation) – With a rare expertise in anti-submarine warfare and benefiting from the performances of the FREMM-Caiman pair, the French surface forces are organizing the ORCA exercise from November 4 to 6, 2020 in the Atlantic, off Brest.

The French Navy invited the navies of NATO allied nations to participate in this exercise in order to develop their interoperability and jointly train the sailors by sharing their practices and know-how.

This multi-fight exercise emphasizes anti-submarine warfare. It enables the performance of the French Navy and that of the Allied navies to be maintained at the highest level.

FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Brest

Many surface, submarine and air assets are involved. For the fight component above the surface, these are the multi-mission frigate Bretagne , the high seas patrol vessel Premier Maitre L’Her , a nuclear attack submarine, two Atlantique 2 and a helicopter in support of the anti-submarine warfare and a Hawkeye . Eight surface ships integrated into the SNMG1 (standing NATO maritime group – permanent multinational naval force of NATO in the Atlantic), the Belgian frigates Leopold I , Canadian Toronto , Portuguese Corte Real , German Mecklenburg Vorpommern , British Northumberland, Polish General Kazimierz Pulaski and Spanish Mendez Nunez as well as a German submarine.

To simulate aerial attacks against surface units, several Rafale Marine fighters and aerial plastrons will be engaged.

The exercise will take place in two phases. The first will consist of elementary exercises, with the participating forces divided into two groups. The second will develop the exercises of the initial phase, within a tactical exercise illustrating a high intensity engagement.

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