RCN participates in earthquake and tsunami exercise

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The Royal Canadian Navy was tested during Exercise STAUNCH MAPLE, as part of a CAF response to a full-scale provincial earthquake and tsunami exercise.

HMCS Whitehorse participated in Ex STAUNCH MAPLE in early June, designed to test British Columbia’s Immediate Response Plan to a natural disaster, and allowed a real time response by government agencies, including RCN assets.

During the exercise Whitehorse was tasked to provide support as ready duty ship (RDS) to transport an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team and a Port Inspection Dive (PID) team to the town of Bamfield, in order to conduct damage assessment and casualty clearing ashore.

HMCS Whitehorse launched her rigid-hull inflatable boat and zodiac to transport the teams ashore so they could conduct damage assessment on buildings in several towns, as well as administering first aid to casualties, while the dive team performed an underwater inspection of the jetty.

HMCS Whitehorse’s participation in STAUNCH MAPLE proved the capability of an RDS ship to deploy on short notice, embark needed humanitarian equipment/personnel, as well as facilitate integration and communications with other government departments involved in disaster relief.

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