Cutlass Fury 2023

Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2023

Dr. Ann Griffiths, 10 September 2023

Halifax enjoyed the first International Fleet Week this past weekend. The good weather – and the presence of a few cruise ships – brought out the crowds on the waterfront to tour ships, listen to the Stadacona band and enjoy the fireworks. But the party is over. The Fleet Week visitors have left to participate in the bi-annual Exercise Cutlass Fury, which runs from 10 to 22 September.

According to DND publicity, “This multi-national exercise taking place off the coast of Nova Scotia will focus on interoperability between Allies and joint elements, and on submarine warfare threats. This year will also see air-maritime integration between the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as amphibious landings conducted by the Canadian Army.”

In addition to RCN ships, there will be participants from the Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Royal Air Force, German Navy and French Navy. There are approximately 1,400 participating sailors, soldiers and aviators from the five states, and eight ships and multiple classes and types of aircraft.

The participating Canadian assets and units are:

Halifax-class Frigates:

  • His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown; and
  • HMCS Fredericton.

Kingston-class Coastal Defence Vessels:

  • HMCS Glace Bay;
  • HMCS Moncton.

Harry DeWolf-class Offshore Patrol Vessel

  • HMCS Max Bernays;

Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft:

  • CP-140 Aurora from 14 Wing Greenwood;
  • CH-148 Cyclone Helicopters from 12 Wing Shearwater; and
  • CF-18 Hornet from 425 Squadron CFB Bagotville.

Canadian Army

  • 4 General Support Regiment; and
  • 36 Canadian Brigade Group Army Reserve.

The participating international assets are:

United States:

  • Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer
  • United States Ship (USS) James E. Williams;
  • USS Porter;
  • Lewis and Clarke-class dry cargo ship
  • United States Naval Ship William Mclean;

United Kingdom:

  • P8A Poseidon – anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft;


  • P3C Orion – anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft;


  • Br.1150 Atlantic – maritime patrol aircraft.

Read more: Royal Canadian Navy-led Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2023 Commences

Featuring Image credit: Steve McKinley, Toronto Star


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