Japan and Canada improve interoperability at KAEDEX

By Captain Jenn Jackson

Anti-submarine warfare and naval boarding party capabilities were among the skills practised by Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa and Japanese warships during KAEDEX 19, held near Yokosuka, Japan from October 16 to 19.

Held in the Asia-Pacific region since 2016, KAEDEX focuses on strengthening interoperability between the Royal Canadian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The name KAEDEX was proposed by the Japanese in honour of Canada’s involvement – “kaede” is the Japanese word for maple.

On the first day, teams from Ottawa and Japanese Ships Chokai and Shimakaze conducted naval boarding simulations while in port.

Both teams simulated a boarding with members from Ottawa’s crew acting as civilian sailors on a fictitious vessel of interest. This was followed by demonstrations on subduing, searching and other boarding party tactics.

On October 17, Ottawa, Chokai, and Shimakaze conducted manoeuvres at sea, including practising replenishment-at-sea approaches, each taking turns as a guide ship. This was followed by a cooperative anti-submarine warfare simulation.

KAEDEX finished with a grand gesture. On the last day, Chokai and Shimakaze conducted a traditional sail past manoeuvre on Ottawa, which played “Not Ready to Go” by the Trews over the loudspeaker while all three crews waved farewell to each other before departing into the sunset.

Even though KAEDEX 2019 was delayed and scaled back due to the October 12…

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