RCN UWV 2023

Shawinigan and Summerside work with NATO allies on Op Reassurance

RCN Public Affairs, 11 October 2023.

HMC Ships Shawinigan and Summersideare currently deployed to the Baltic region on Op Reassurance as part of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1.

From August 21st to September 1st Shawinigan and Summerside took part in Exercise Sandy Coast 23, hosted by the Royal Netherlands Navy. Sandy Coast is a mine action and port protection serial that included 500 military personnel from Poland, Belgium, Finland, and other NATO countries.

The ships also recently participated in Exercise Northern Coasts 23 which kicked off on September 9th. The annual exercise saw some 30 warships and 3,200 personnel from 15 nations take part in serials focused on amphibious operations, air defence, strikes from sea to land and securing sea lanes. This was the first time the exercise was being run from Germany’s new Navy Command in Rostock.

Featuring image: RCN sailors lower an autonomous underwater vehicle into the water during Exercise Northern Coasts 2023.


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