HAL at Op REASSURANCE Feb21

HMCS Halifax continues rotation as flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1

RCN Public Affairs, 05 March 2021.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Halifax continues its rotation as flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) while on Op REASSURANCE.

Halifax is training and improving its capabilities by conducting “Wednesday War” scenarios every week. These scenarios are led by a small group of sailors that put the whole ship’s company to the test with either an emergency or warfare serial.

In addition to the training Halifax is conducting on its own, SNMG1 participated in a number of serials with the German Navy this past month.

“The multinational vessels that comprise SNMG1, including their embarked air assets, have an intensive program of operational patrols and training exercises scheduled with various NATO allies and partners in our designated area of operations,” said Commodore (Cmdre) Bradley Peats, Commander of SNMG1.

Conducting frequent military-to-military interactions and high-intensity training activities among naval forces increases the common knowledge and familiarity of each other’s maritime platforms, capabilities, tactics, techniques and procedures.

HMCS Halifax is scheduled to continue its rotation on Op REASURANCE for another four months.

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