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PACIFIC OCEAN -Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111), left, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57), far right, and two Canadian vessel get in formation for a live firing exercise during Exercise Trident Fury. (Photo by USS Ford Public Affairs)
Exercise Trident Fury Concludes
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Brown Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 03, 2013) – Exercise Trident Fury, a two-week joint exercise with the Royal Canadian concluded May 15.

The exercise is the largest joint U.S. and Canadian exercise on the West Coast.

“From Anti-Submarine Warfare to Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure to Gunnery to Electronic Warfare exercises, my crew surpassed all Navy standards and expectations,” said CDR Joseph T. Shuler, Commanding Officer, USS FORD.

Ships participating in the event included the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS FORD (FFG 54), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) and ships from the Royal Canadian Navy.

“We got tremendous training value out of working with the Royal Canadian Navy, USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN, and USS SPRUANCE. Exercise Trident Fury 2013 will go down as a successful joint exercise and everyone involved should walk away proudly,” said Shuler.

The bilateral training exercise took place in the waters west of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and was developed by Canada’s Pacific Joint Task Force Headquarters for the purpose of building a strong working relationship between the maritime and aviation forces of the United States and Canada.

CDR Shuler also added, “I could not be more impressed and proud of my crew’s performance during Exercise Trident Fury. There was not a single crew member that did not put forth their best effort to contribute to our successes. This was a great way to tend FORD’s last major operational exercise before her decommissioning later this year.”

During the exercise Sailors from the USS FORD, USS SPRUANCE and USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN participated in many bilateral evaluations including antisubmarine warfare, war-at-sea exercises, daily multi-ship maneuvering, gunnery exercises on a moving target, helicopter exercises and small boat exercises.

“The crew performed outstanding, as we knew they would,” said Command Senior Chief, Joe Lovelace, USS FORD. “We really got some valuable training for the crew that they will be able to use for future operations.”

Exercises like Trident Fury strengthen the U.S. Navy’s ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.
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