Sailors from USS Enterprise Visit HMCS Charlottetown

Five Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) visited Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFG 339) for a scheduled cross-training event, July 11.

The event, which followed a visit by Charlottetown Sailors to Enterprise in May, promoted improving communication, interoperability and partnership between navies with a shared goal of providing maritime security.

“We welcome these opportunities to reaffirm and shore up our ability to operate with coalition partners,” said Lt. Matt Low, Weapons Officer aboard Charlottetown.

Warships are generally more effective working in a Task Group. This requires operators with sharpened skill sets,” said Low. “Encounters such as this allow us to maintain our war-fighting skills, while executing a mission which requires us to operate independently a large percentage of the time.

During their visit, the Enterprise Sailors were able to speak with their Canadian counterparts about the frigate’s operations, and received a tour of the ship.

Charlottetown is deployed conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea.

Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Naval Today Staff, July 22, 2012