VICTORIA, Can. – Beginning a summer of significant underway time and numerous exercises, CHOSIN embarked Carrier Strike Group 11 staff members in Everett, Washington, on 08 June 2010 to participate in International Fleet Review.
Ten countries were represented in the Bicentennial Halifax International Fleet Review by some 20 naval or coast guard vessels. More than 5,000 international sailors visited Victoria, Canada, from 9-14J une to tour ships, mingle with other sailors, compete in sporting events, and explore the town. Participating countries were: United States, Canada, New Zealand, France, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Denmark, United Kingdom, and Germany.
“We really enjoyed our time in Canada and are delighted to have the Admiral and his staff onboard,” said War Dragon’s new executive officer, CDR Karl Tenney, who relieved CDR Steven Bienkowski of his duties the same day CSG11 staff embarked. “Now our focus is on a safe transit back to Hawaii and on RIMPAC.
” CHOSIN is dedicating nearly all of July to participate in the highly anticipated RIMPAC, (Rim of the Pacific Exercise). It is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, where navies from all over the Pacific region converge to simulate warfare.