ESQUIMALT, Canada -- The Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS FORD (FFG 54) made her last ever port visit in Esquimalt, Canada prior to Operation Trident Fury.
While in port the ship met up with the USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111) who will be joining the USS FORD while underway. USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) will also meet up with FORD for the exercise.
Trident Fury is a biennial joint and multinational naval training exercise led by the Royal Canadian Navy and is designed to provide mutually beneficial, realistic and relevant training necessary for an effective global navy. 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.
“We worked with the Canadians twice last year and were greatly impressed with the professionalism and the skills that they exhibited,” said CMDR Joseph Shuler, Commanding Officer, USS FORD (FFG 54).
While inport, FORD and SPRUANCE had a sports day during which the crews were able to participate in friendly games of soccer and softball with gear provided by the Royal Canadian Navy.
“It was nice playing a friendly game of softball against the Canadian Navy,” said Ship Serviceman Seaman Dustin Morris, USS FORD. “It’s always good to build a stronger bond with our allies.”
There was also a formal Battle of the Atlantic mess dinner hosted by the Royal Canadian Navy at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) NADEN Wardroom.
“Let’s remember that during the Battle of the Atlantic the danger wasn’t faced alone,” said CDR Tim Allan, Canadian Royal Navy, Base Administration Officer, Mess President of the Wardroom. “Let’s enjoy the pleasure of each others company.”
The bilateral training exercise is taking 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.
Operation Trident fury begins May 3rd and is slated to end on the 17.
This is one of the last times the USS FORD will be underway before her decommissioning later this year.