HMCS REG 2020

HMC Ships Regina and Winnipeg represent Canada at RIMPAC 2020

RCN Public Affairs, 14 September 2020.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Regina and Winnipeg participated in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 from August 17 to 31 around the Hawaiian Islands. The biennial exercise is designed to foster cooperative relationships amongst participants and is usually the largest annual international maritime warfare exercise in the world. Canada is one of only three nations which has participated in each iteration since the exercise’s inception in 1971.

The exercise was reduced in scope this year in response to the threat posed by COVID-19. In an effort to mitigate these risks, each of the ships formed its own “bubble” to avoid contact with members from other participating nations.

Over the course of the exercise, HMC Ships Regina and Winnipeg, and their embarked Cyclone helicopters, participated in a number of capacity-building serials, including multinational anti-submarine warfare scenarios, maritime interception operations and live-fire training events.

Ten nations, 22 ships, one submarine, and more than 5,300 personnel participated in the event.

After concluding their participation at RIMPAC, HMCS Winnipeg deployed on Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific, which demonstrates Canada’s ongoing commitment to global peace and demonstrates how the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is ready to defend Canada’s interests in the region. HMCS Regina began its transit home to Esquimalt, B.C.

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