Category Archives: Royal Navy

Cutlass Fury Arrivals

The first arrivals for exercise cutlass fury showed up in Halifax Yesterday and Today.
HMS Northumberland is missing below, its tucked in out of the way at the moment. HDMS PETER WILLEMOES had not yet arrived.

USS NEW HAMPSHIRE
NRP FRANCISCO DE ALMEIDA
BNS LEOPOLD
HNOMS THOR HEYERDAHL
USNS PATUXENT
HNLMS VAN SPEIJK
USS JASON DUNHAM
USS Gridley
HMCS FREDRICTON inboard, HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC outboard

Cutlass Fury Attendees

Exercise Cutlass Fury is taking place September 9. The announcement has said 22 ships will take part.So Far, it appears NATO Standing maritime Group 1 will be in attendance. SNMG1 currently consists of:
– USS Gridley (American)
– BNS Leopold I (Belgium)
– NRP Francisco de Almeida (Portugal)
– KNM Thor Heyerdahl (Norway)

I am also hearing that the new Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be making an Appearance. It has in the past traveled with a Destroyer and Supply ship.

This post will be updated as i learn more details.

UPDATE 1. Marlant has confirmed Asterix will be participating via a tweet.

UPDATE 2. the Royal navy confirmed HMS Northumberland will be sailing to Halifax. the release also states that Northumberland is part of the QE Carrier strike group with HMS Dragon and RFA Tideforce.

UPDATE 3: Arrivals are beginning to be posted – On September 5th, HDMS PETER WILLEMOES (Danish),HNLMS VAN SPEIJK (Dutch) and HNOMS THOR HEYERDAHL (Norwegian) are due.

UPDATE 4: USNS PATUXENT and NRP FRANCISCO DE ALMEIDA also now confirmed.

UPDATE 5: A US navy Submarine is Due on the 4th. it is USS New Hampshire, Virginia class, fast attack . Other confirmed arrivals include USS GRIDLEY, USS JASON DUNHAM , and BNS LEOPOLD

UPDATE 6: HMS Queen Elizabeth will be in Halifax in this month. She is traveling with HMS Dragon, and RFA Tideforce

Defence watch reports HMC Ships Fredericton, Ville de Quebec, St. John’s, Shawinigan, and Glace Bay will be participating for Canada.

Incidentally – the previous reports mentions 22 Ships and 8 countries. So far we have:
Canada – 6 ( Fredericton, Ville de Quebec, St. John’s, Shawinigan, Glace Bay and Asterix)
US – 4 (USS GRIDLEY, USS JASON DUNHAM, USNS PATUXENT USS New Hampshire)
UK – 1 (USS Northumberland)
Portual – 1 ( NRP FRANCISCO DE ALMEIDA)
Norway – 1 (HNOMS THOR HEYERDAHL )
Holand -1 (HNLMS VAN SPEIJK )
Denmark – 1 (HDMS PETER WILLEMOES)

France is likely a participant, and will probably send a Frigate and a Submarine as they did in 2016. Add the Leeway Odyssey we have 18 ships. The HMS Queen Elizabeth, RFA Tideforce and HMS Duncan bring us to 21 ships. the RN Carrier group also includes a Astute class Submarine.

UPDATE 7: the French anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet was spotted working with HMS Queen Elizabeth and RFA Tideforce.

Operation Cutlass Fury Sail-past

To begin Operation Cutlass Fury, the participating forces performed a sailpast as they put to sea. The 2 supply ships sailed earlier this morning, and the 2 submarines at Shearwater are due to depart this afternoon. I missed the Lead Ship, A CPF. She was followed by USS BULKELEY

 

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USS GONZALEZ (Above) and (below) HMS MONMOUTH

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The French FREMM class frigate (above)FS LANGEUDOC is one of the Newest warships, where as the Canadian Tribal HMCS Athabaskan (below) is literally the oldest.

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Joining the parade, but not part of the Exercises are Maritime Coastal defense Vessels Goose Bay (above) and Summerside (below)

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Bringing up the Rear was HMCS Windsor. Also Notable was the New Cyclone overflying with 2 seakings.

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Yesterdays NATO Arrivals

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(Above) HMS Monmouth is the 6th “Duke”-class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. she was commissioned in 1993.

(Below) FS Perle, is a Rubis Class Attack Submarine of the French Navy. She was launched in 1990, and is last of her class of 6. Notably she was considered with the British Trafalgar class in the late 80’s as a replacement for Canada’s Oberons. Also Note that her small size allowed her to be parked inside the dock at Shearwater, allowing the Larger USS Toledo to tie up on the other side.

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HMS Protector

HMS Protector Arrived this morning. HMS Protector is one of the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol and Survey Vessels, and was commisioned into the Royal Navy on June 23 2011. She is the Ex Polarbjørn an is on a 3 year charter to replace the HMS Endurance which was almost lost in a flooding accident in 2008.

HMS Endurance provided a sovereign presence in polar waters, performed hydrographic surveys and supported the British Antarctic Survey. These Tasks are now assigned to HMS Protector. Both Endurance and Protector are commercially built ice class offshore support vessels.

HMS Protector to Visit Tomorow

The British Warship HMS Protector is scheduled to visit Halifax tomorrow. She’s unlike any Naval Vessel   you would expect to see. First of all, she’s red.

HMS Protector is one of the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol and Survey Vessels, and was commisioned into the Royal Navy on June 23 2011. She is the Ex Polarbjørn an is on a 3 year charter to replace the HMS Endurance which was almost lost in a flooding accident in 2008.

HMS Endurance provided a sovereign presence in polar waters, performed hydrographic surveys and supported the British Antarctic Survey. These Tasks are now assigned to HMS Protector. Both Endurance and Protector are commercially built ice class offshore support vessels.



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