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Upcoming Warship Visits

The Coming days will bring 2 warship visits to Halifax.

The first will the German Navy Research vessel FGS Planet, Due to Arive on may 25th. Built as a Swath Design, She is incredibly stable in rought sea states. SWATH technology was developed by a Canadian, Frederick G. Creed in the 1930’s. The Canadian Coast Guard has a Research vessel (Its only swath Design) named after him. thanks to Seawaves for the tip.

ShipSpotting.com© Anthony Vella

The Second vessel, will be a US Navy vessel for the annual memorial day commemorations at deadmans Island, on May 27th.

UPDATE> RCN News Mag is reporting the Japanese navy is on another training tour, and will be visiting Halifax July 8-11.

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Ville de Quebec on International Exercises.

HMCS Ville De Quebec is taking part in an composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Aircraft Carrier USS Harry Truman, as a memeber of the 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron (1CDS) 1CDS members currently include USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Gravely (DDG 107), the German ship FGS Hamburg (F220), and the Canadian ships HMCS Ville De Quebec (FFH 332) and HMCS Preserver (AOR 510); USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), and USS Kauffman (FFG 59).

COMPTUEX is a series of training scenarios designed to certify HSTSG as a deployment-ready fighting force capable of completing operations in overseas theaters. The exercise will be evaluated and graded by Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTA) through warfare scenarios that will include simulated surface, air undersea, strike and electronic attacks.

In addition, events such as maritime interception operations (such as visit, board, search and seizure [VBSS]), live-fire evolutions, and strike group formations will also be assessed by CSFTA. 

German frigate FGS Hamburg (F220) (front) and Canadian frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332) move in formation during a simulated strait transit. Hamburg and Ville de Quebec are underway with aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducting a composite training unit exercise in preparation for 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron’s (1CDS) upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)

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RCN & USN Joint Task Group Exercise

Four of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships from the Atlantic Fleet will be participating in a joint international exercise with the United States Navy from November 19 to December 14, off the East Coasts of Canada and United States called Task Group Exercise 6-12.

Royal Canadian Navy will work with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to combine the Task Group Exercise with the NORAD Air Defence Exercise Amalgam Dart to further enhance interoperability and effectiveness between the Royal Canadian Navy and NORAD. The high tempo training will provide valuable experience to our sailors in a wide range of at-sea evolutions, to include navigation and seamanship, helicopter operations, and warfare exercises. Furthermore, Amalgam Dart will provide an excellent opportunity to train in ship-to-air and air-to-air defence.

Units participating in Task Group Exercise 6-12 and Amalgam Dart are Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Iroquois, Preserver, Ville de Quebec and St. John’s. The ships will be joined by Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft and personnel from 12 Wing Shearwater, 14 Wing Greenwood, 17 Wing Winnipeg, 3 Wing Bagotville, and 22 Wing North Bay to include CH-124 Sea King helicopters, CF-18 fighters and a CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft.

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USS DeWert Paid A Visit

The US Navy Warship USS DeWert Paid a brief visit to Halifax Yesterday. She had Embarked on a Summer Great Lakes Tour with HMCS Ville De Quebec and USS Huricane.

She appears to have departed early, skipping the Final Canadian Stops. The Tour is Expected to End October 3 when the Ville De Quebec (And presumabley USS Huricane) return to Halifax.

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USS Fort Worth LCS-3

USS Fort Worth arrived this morning and is tied up at “Navy B”, She was built in Wisconsen, and is headed to Texas to be Commissioned.

Update Aug 20:
She is scheduled to Depart at 1500 today.

UPDATE 2: She Failed to Sail as Scheduled. Tim Colton at Maritime Memo’s reports “The word is that LCS 3’s main propulsion diesels are out of action and she’s running on her gas turbines”

Her Stay in Halifax may have been extended due to the propulsion problems.

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And Their Off – Navy Great Lakes Tour

HMCS Ville De Quebec, USS De Wert and USS Hurricane departed this morning for a 10 week great lakes Tour. HMCS Moncton and HMCS Summerside will also be in the Lakes this Summer, and will appear at a few dates. The Ships will return to Halifax in October, where they ill likely be open to the public.

From the Press Release:
HMCS Ville de Quebec will visit the following cities during the deployment:

--  Quebec City, Quebec, July 26 - 30; 
-- Montreal, Quebec, July 30 - August 3;
-- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 8 - 13;
-- Thunder Bay, Ontario, August 15 - 20;
-- Toledo, Ohio, August 23 - 27;
-- Toronto, Ontario, Aug ust 29 - September 3;
-- Windsor, Ontario, September 5 - 10;
-- Buffalo, New York, September 11 - 17;
-- Hamilton, Ontario, September 18 - 21;
-- Oshawa, Ontario, September 21 - 24;
-- Cornwall, Ontario, September 25 - 27;
-- Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, September 28 - October 1;
-- Sept-Iles, Quebec, October 2 - 5; and
-- Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 9.
 

HMC Ships Moncton and Summerside will visit the following cities during the deployment:

--  Chicago, Illinois, August 15 - 20; and 
-- Cleveland, Ohio, August 28 - September 2.

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US Navy Visitors

Yesterday saw the arrival of the USS De Wert (Above, An Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate) and USS Hurricane (A Coastal Patrol Boat), who will be embarking on a great lakes tour with HMCS Ville de Quebec. USS Scranton, A Los Angeles Class Submarine also Arrived, and Tied up a Shearwater.

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