HMCS Vancouver sails with ships from Australia and New Zealand during Operation PROJECTION

Six ships sail in formation. The water is bright blue
Pacific Ocean. June 2018 – Task Group 661.1 in formation for a photo exercise on the way to Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2018. From left to right: Her Majesty’s Canadian ship Vancouver, Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Toowoomba, HMAS Success, HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Melbourne, and Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Te Mana. (Photo: Able Seaman Imagery Specialist Christopher Szumlanski, Royal Australian Navy, © 2018 Commonwealth of Australia)

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By Lieutenant (Navy) Tony Wright, Public Affairs Officer, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver

On the last leg of Operation PROJECTION in the Asia-Pacific region—from Fiji to Hawaii—HMCS Vancouver sailed with ships from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy. This group of ships was called Task Group 661.1.

Sailing and conducting exercises with Australian and New Zealander partners was the final event for HMCS Vancouver before arriving in Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC. Vancouver made the most of this opportunity to learn from and share with the variety of ships. These included HMAS Adelaide, a landing helicopter dock ship; HMAS Success, an auxiliary oiler replenishment ship; HMAS Melbourne, an Adelaide Class frigate; and HMAS Toowoomba and HMNZS Te Mana, both Anzac-class frigates.

HMCS Vancouver’s time with the task group was busy. The ships exchanged personnel, completed Officer of the Watch manoeuvres, and conducted Replenishments at Sea. There were also a number of exercises, training the sailors in areas such as gunnery, encounters, damage control, and anti-submarine warfare. The ship’s helicopters were also involved, flying from their own ship to others in the task group.

“The purpose of Operation PROJECTION is to deliberately engage with our allies and partners—Pacific nations and their navies—and demonstrate that Canada is serious about our presence and contribution in this region,” said HMCS Vancouver’s Commanding Officer, Commander Christopher Nucci. “Working with the Australians and New Zealanders in Task Group 661.1 was not only excellent training, but it allowed us to continue our mission to build relationships that will serve all three navies as we work together in the future.”

HMCS Vancouver has arrived in Pearl Harbor, having successfully completed its contribution to Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific. The ship is now focused on preparing for RIMPAC and even more training and engagement with Canada’s allies and partners in the Pacific.

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  • A Canadian and an Australian sailor look at each other while a ship sails by.
  •  Six ships sail in formation. The water is bright blue
  • A ship approaches a larger ship in the ocean.
  • Six ships sail in formation. The water is bright blue.
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