Ex At­lantic Shield 2014 In­volves USN/RCN

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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-

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