As part of Exercise TRADEWINDS 2016, the 40 Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) members on board Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Shawinigan shared their small boats knowledge and skills with ship crews from allied and partner nations. HMCS Shawinigan conducted training for, and participated in, the maritime portion of Phase I of the exercise, which began on June 5, 2016, in Grenada.

TRADEWINDS 2016 provided the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with the opportunity to strengthen its partnerships with participating nations.  “By furthering our relationship with Partner Nations, it strengthens our collective capability to improve the Maritime Security environment in the Caribbean Basin,” said Lieutenant-Commander J.D. Forbes, Commanding Officer, HMCS Shawinigan.

The crew of HMCS Shawinigan trained participants in firefighting and damage control, weapons handling and first aid. At the same time, the Canadians learned from other nations. The exercise provided the crew of HMCS Shawinigan with the opportunity to hone their skills by learning from others. “So far I have learned about how other partner nations perform standing operating procedures, specifically boarding parties. I have also learned – apart from work – about the diverse cultures within the region,” said Leading Seaman Crawford, a Navel Combat Information Operator aboard HMCS Shawinigan.

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