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.
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 (HMS Northumberland)
Portual – 1 ( NRP FRANCISCO DE ALMEIDA)
Norway – 1 (HNOMS THOR HEYERDAHL )
Netherlands -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.
USS Gravely made a stop today at Irving Woodside to take on Fuel. The ship spent a few days in Halifax at the dockyard after it was relived as flagship of SNMG1. from Halifax, it sailed north for exercises with Denmark, and is now bound for Norfolk.
Curiously the ship stopped in Nuuk, Greenland Prior to its first call in Halifax.
USS Gravely put in for a port visit this morning. The ship tied up at Jetty NH, by the bridge. DDG-107 is an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and was commissioned in 2010, the 57th ship of her type.
Gravely most recently served as flagship of NATO SNMG1, handing off those duties to USS Gridley last week in Rota Spain.
The future USS Billings successfully made it out of Halifax harbour Saturday.
As the ship is not yet commissioned, technically PCU Billings tied up at the Dockyard, in view of the Macdonald bridge. The ship is due to sail Tomorrow at 10am.
USS Witchita,LCS-13, the newest Freedom Class Littoral combat ship arrived this morning. The ship is headed to her home port after completing construction in Wisconsin, and being accepted by the US Navy August 22. USS Sioux City Arrived on the 6th, having also been delivered on the 22nd of August. She was the first LCS I missed photographing due to work and weather.
The others to Call So far include:
Tuesday features tow visits by foreign naval vessels.
the First – USS Witchita, the newest Freedom Class Littoral combat ship is due in the morning, likely tieing up at the dockyard around 7:30 am. the ship is headed to her home port after completing construction in Wisconsin, and being accepted by the US Navy.
the second ship – BSAH Rhone is a support ship belonging to the French Navy. Bâtiment de soutien et d’assistance hauturiers (BSAH) vessles will be used by the French Navy for rescue missions, environmental protection, work in military ports and general support for other navy units.Commissioned in June of this year, the ship is the second of four vessels in her class.
ths ship is on quite a tour – She tied up in Esquimalt at the end of September.
BSAH Rhone will be a dockyard 3:45-4pm ish.
The USS Sioux City is due for a Port visit today, arriving at the dockyard around 1:15.
A Freedom Class Littoral Combat ship, she is on her delivery trip from the builders in Marinette Wisconsin. USS Wichita is also on a delivery trip, and currently tied up in Montreal
the class will feature 8 more ships.
The Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser USS hue City arrived for a port visit this morning. the ship is assigned to Carrier Strike Group 2, with the Carrier USS George HW Bush, however word is she is on a solo deployment, and sailed from Mayport Fl. on Sept 23rd.
She is named for the Battle of Huế, fought in the city during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Hué City is the only U.S. Navy ship named after a battle in the Vietnam War. She was Commissioned in September of 1991.
USS Hue City is Tied up next to the Casino.