Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan & US in Exercise ANNUALEX 2021

Naval forces from Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and the U.S. unite to conduct multilateral, multinational exercise ANNUALEX in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 21-30. Five international navies, to include the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), German Navy (GMN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and U.S. Navy, will engage in various events to include enhanced maritime communication tactics, anti-submarine…

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Semaphore: 50 Years of Exercise RIMPAC

October 2021 marks 50 years since the navies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States took part in the first Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The biennial, US-led exercise is held in Hawaii and in the waters off Southern California. Military forces from nations circling the Pacific Rim and beyond are invited to participate in training and…

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Nuclear-Powered Submarines Welcomed

Former Royal Navy (RN) nuclear submarine executive officer, Captain Henry Finnis (ret’d), sees the benefits of Australia acquiring the vessels as he reflects on his career as a submariner. On September 16, the Prime Minister announced a new trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and United States, called AUKUS. Despite being surprised by the Australian Government’s announcement to…

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JPN-USA-GBR-NLD-CAN-NZL Multilateral Exercise

The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 (IPD21) unit conducts a multilateral exercise with the U.S. Navy (USN), Royal Navy (RN), Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in order to strengthen cooperation and realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as described below. 1. Objectives (1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities (2) To strengthen cooperation with…

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FS Aquitaine in Exercise Cutlass Fury 21

At the invitation of Canada, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Aquitaine has been participating since September 7 in the 2021 edition of the CUTLASS FURY maritime exercise. This combined training is the largest annual multi-battle exercise for the Canadian Navy on the Atlantic coast. This type of exercise makes it possible to strengthen operational partnerships and interoperability in very specific fields,…

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Seven nations conduct amphibious training in Exercise Talisman Sabre

The key focus of Exercise Talisman Sabre (TS21) is moving from land to sea, as forces from Australia, United States, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United Kingdom prepare for an action-packed amphibious phase. Activities will be concentrated around the Bowen and Ingham area between 23 and 31 July and will feature air operations, beach-landings, armored…

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Canadian and Australian CTF-150 members contribute to Seychelles capacity-building initiative

June 15, 2021 – Canadian and Australian staff from the multinational Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) deployed to the Republic of Seychelles from May 1-14, 2021 to provide training assistance to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Their goal was to help build the capacity of regional partners in maritime security operations. The training involved participants from…

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Canada assumes command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One

January 18, 2021 – Commodore Bradley Peats RCN officially assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) during a change of command ceremony held in Lisbon, Portugal today. Commodore Peats assumed command from Commodore José António Mirones of the Portuguese Navy. “I am honoured to have the opportunity and privilege of leading SNMG1 and look forward to building upon…

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