By Captain Jenn Jackson
As we quickly head into the 2020 holiday season, a year where almost every person and organization has dealt with the challenge of COVID-19, the multinational naval exercise TRIDENT FURY 20 got under way off the coast of western Vancouver Island.
TRIDENT FURY 20, which continues until December 13, 2020, provides a valuable opportunity for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to maintain operational readiness to deploy on joint operations in a rapid and effective manner alongside our allies and other government organizations. It includes participation from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Coast Guard.
“TRIDENT FURY 20 provides a full spectrum of air and sea tactical warfare training, with the aim of enhancing Canada’s ability to respond to offshore threats and unlawful acts from within a coalition environment,” says Commodore (Cmdre) Angus Topshee, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and embarked exercise commander.
“This exercise includes an array of events to enhance individual unit training and combat readiness, including live fire, seamanship, maritime interdiction operations, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, air defence, mine counter-measures and small boat defence.”
TRIDENT FURY 20 also supports the RCN’s domestic role. At home, maritime defence and security are the navy’s first priorities, helping ensure that Canada’s maritime approaches are effectively monitored and protected.