Operations & Exercises
By Canadian Joint Operations Command Public Affairs
After steaming over 37 200 nautical miles, operating with the navies of 15 countries, and visiting 16 ports in ten countries, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s is on its way home.
The frigate and its crew of about 240 members deployed on Operation REASSURANCE in January 2017. Since then, they have been honing their skills, training with allies and partners, and conducting assigned NATO tasks in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.
While deployed, the ship took part in several exercises, two of which focused on anti-submarine warfare. Commander Sheldon Gillis, Commanding Officer of HMCS St. John’s, explains that this is what the ship is designed for. St. John’s maritime helicopter, organic sensors, and recently-augmented command and control make it ideal for detecting, localizing and reporting submarine movements and activities.
“Canada has a long history of excellence in anti-submarine warfare dating to the Second World War,” he says. “This most recent deployment certainly proved our reputation to be well earned.”
The deployment was an opportunity for crew members to train in interoperability with allies, as each exercise involved several nations. Further, during this deployment St. John’s sailed with Standing NATO Maritime Groups One and Two. These are NATO maritime task forces with participation from multiple NATO members.