Ex Atlantic Shield 2014 Involves USN/RCN
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the United State Navy (USN) recently completed a collaborative exercise where each nation’s sailors and air force personnel honed their anti-submarine warfare skills during Exercise Atlantic Shield off the eastern seaboard.
Held from January 26 to 29, 2014, Atlantic Shield was a complex exercise that brought together headquarters’ staff, submarines, warships and aircraft from both the RCN and U.S. Fleet Forces to search for and track an unidentified submarine threat.
By working together, sharing information and combining their strengths, the participating units were able to successfully find and identify the highly capable USS Dallas playing the part of an unknown fast attack submarine in continental waters.
“Success in maritime operations requires the ability to have control above, on, and below the surface of the sea”, said Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the RCN. “In order to achieve this, nations require balanced maritime forces that include aircraft, ships and submarines. This exercise provided an outstanding opportunity for military units fro m both nations to conduct combined operations with a diverse group of aircraft and vessels that resulted in a significant train ing achievement for all.”
The exercise consisted of an advanced anti-submarine warfare scenario play in which the Los Angeles-class submarine, USS Dallas, simulated being an unfriendly submarine attempting to penetrate task group defenses. USS Dallas proved to be a challenging target for participating ships and aircraft to hone their detection and tracking skills, while Can a-