HMCS Vancouver & Winnipeg Conclude Keen Sword 23

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 Sailors along with Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and Joint force U.S. military personnel, conclude Keen Sword 2023 (KS23), a biennial joint/bi-lateral field training exercise, around the waters of Japan, Nov. 18. KS23 was designed to enhance Japan-U.S. readiness and interoperability while strengthening the bi-lateral relationship and demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interests of Allies and partners in the region. Keen Sword does so by providing militaries opportunities to train across a variety of mission areas in realistic scenarios, enhancing readiness, interoperability, and building…

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HMCS Vancouver Carrier Strike Group Five Flight OPS

While sailing with Carrier Strike Group Five, HMCS Vancouver’s air detachment had the opportunity to conduct a couple of cross-deck landings. An MH-60 Seahawk helicopter from USS Chancellorsville landed on Vancouver’s flight deck on October 31st. Before a final landing to exchange unit patches, the Seahawk practiced a few approaches and landings on board the RCN frigate. At the same time, our CH-148 Cyclone CANUCK was conducting a cross-deck landing on US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Our CANUCK also had a chance to conduct an in-flight exercise with a…

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HMCS Vancouver & Winnipeg Train With Allies in Philippine Sea

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the USS New Orleans, assigned to Task Force 76/3, joined forces to conduct combined integrated operations with maritime forces from Canada and Japan to experiment with naval concepts in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific, concluding operations across the Philippine Sea, beginning Oct. 24. The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps team conducted a multitude of integrated, high-end warfighting exercises while forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. “Conducting operations with both traditional carrier strike group units and expeditionary strike group units gives…

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