SAN DIEGO – USS Lake Champlain (CG57) concluded participation in biennial joint exercise, Trident Fury May 15.
Trident Fury was designed so that the Canadian and American navies could operate together and train in a mutually beneficial environment.
“Trident Fury was a total success. The integration between navies showed continuous improvement throughout the exercise and our operations together were seamless,” said Captain Barnes, Lake Champlain’s Commanding Officer.
Along with Lake Champlain two additional US Naval ships participated in Trident Fury, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54).
The Canadian Navy participants included the Iroquois-class destroyer HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283), Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341), Kingston-class coastal defence vessels HMCS Nanaimo (MM 702), HMCS Saskatoon (MM 709) and HMCS Edmonton (MM 703). The evasive Victoria-class submarine, HMCS Victoria (SSK 876) also participated in the exercise.
The both navies took part in numerous air defense, tactical maneuvering, anti-submarine, and gun fire exercises. At times the tactical situation called for precise maneuvering from both nations as their assets operated less than 300 yards from one another. The purpose of the biennial exercise was to strengthen coordination and communication between the forces and strengthen the ability to respond to crises and protect collective maritime interests.
“It was a great training opportunity to work out of our comfort zone and accomplish the training objectives.,” said Operational Specialist 2nd Class Lewis Wood.
Lake Champlain recently underwent a modernization that improved the combat systems suite onboard the ship. This was the first multi-ship exercise that the cruiser participated in utilizing the updated systems.
“These types of exercises are important because we need to be able to operate together on short notice through seamless integration. The only way to do that is via routine exercises. We share a border, we share common interests, and we share common values on what we want for our people and for our people to live in a safe environment,” said Barnes.
U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.