PACIFIC OCEAN (May 03, 2013) – Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS FORD (FFG 54), Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111), and the Royal Canadian Navy began Operation Trident Fury exercise May 3.
Trident Fury is a joint exercise with the Royal Canadian Navy.
“I am very excited that my crew has been given the opportunity to participate in Exercise Trident Fury with the Royal Canadian Navy and other U.S. Navy units.” said Cmdr. Joseph T. Shuler, Commanding Officer, USS FORD.
The bilateral training exercise will take 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.
“We worked with the Canadians twice last year and were greatly impressed with the professionalism and skills they exhibited,” said Shuler.
During the exercise Sailors from the FORD and SPRUANCE will participate in many bilateral evaluations including antisubmarine warfare, war-at-sea exercises, daily multi-ship maneuvering, and gunnery exercises on a flying target.
“This is a great exercise for us,” said Command Senior Chief, Joe Lovelace, USS FORD. “It allows us the opportunity to continue training and better develop our Sailors.”
With Operation Trident Fury being one of the last underways before the FORD’s decommissioning, the crew had to prepare the ship.
“FORD has worked extremely hard in the past weeks to prepare themselves for the rigors that the exercises will bring,” said Shuler. “This is the last major exercise that FORD will complete before her decommissioning later this year and we are ready to start the exercise and finish strong.”