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US Canada and Japan Complete Exercises Supporting Australia’s Indo-Pacific Deployment

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US Canada and Japan Complete Exercises Supporting Australia’s Indo-Pacific Deployment

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US Canada and Japan Complete Exercises Supporting Australia’s Indo-Pacific Deployment
US Canada and Japan Complete Exercises Supporting Australia’s Indo-Pacific Deployment

Maritime forces from Canada, Japan, and the United States concluded exercises in the South China Sea in support of Royal Australian Navy forces, October 17. This is the first time all four nations have trained together in the South China Sea exercising complex, maritime operations in the region. This exercise builds on the previous bilateral and trilateral exercises from recent months conducted in the South China Sea. Throughout the naval exercises, participants trained together and conducted integrated operations designed to increase the allies’ collective ability to maintain maritime security and readiness to respond to any regional contingency. Integrated events included surface, subsurface, and air defense exercises that included Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) from several participating nations.

“HMCS Winnipeg’s deployment in the Indo-Pacific on Operation PROJECTION is aimed at conducting forward naval presence operations in the region as well as participating in cooperative deployments and naval exercises with allied and partner nations. These exercises are an excellent example; as they demonstrate our interoperability with other navies and provides opportunities to learn as well as prove our abilities to work seamlessly together. It is a prime example of our motto “One with the strength of many”; working together, we are stronger,” said Commander Annick Fortin, commanding officer of HMCS Winnipeg.

A Canadian Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter attached to the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) approaches the flight deck aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) while conducting multi-lateral operations in the South China Sea, Oct. 5.
A Canadian Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter attached to the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) approaches the flight deck aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) while conducting multi-lateral operations in the South China Sea, October 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Donavan K. Patubo)

“Working with our Australian, Canadian and Japanese allies in the South China Sea has been an invaluable experience and opportunity. Combined maritime exercises help us strengthen interoperability and increase collective war-fighting readiness. It was great to be able to work with these 3 fine navies and to demonstrate our unwavering strong support for their increasing role in the region and our commitment to a free and open Indo-pacific,” said Cmdr. Matthew Hays, commanding officer of USS Milius. “.”

Representing Commander, Task Force 71 are U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Milius (DDG 69) and USS Higgins (DDG 76). Professional engagement and cooperation with allies and partners is the foundation of regional stability, which fosters peace and prosperity for all nations. Australia was represented by the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Arunta (FFH 151), and HMAS Hobart (DDG 39). Japan was represented by the JS Suzutsuki (DD 117) and JS Kirisame (DD 104). Representing Canada was the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338). U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest forward-deployed fleet in the world, and with the help of a network of alliances and partners from 35 other maritime-nations, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.

US Canada and Japan Complete Exercises Supporting Australia’s Indo-Pacific Deployment
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) conducts a trilateral training exercise with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Murusame-class destroyer JS Kirisame (DD-104), the Royal Australian Navy Supply-class auxiliary replenishment oiler HMAS Stalwart (A304), and the Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) while operating in the South China Sea, October 07.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Richard Cho)

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