USCG, Canadian Navy Work on Inter-Operability

U.S. Coast Guard crews from Southeastern New England conducted various evolutions with the Royal Canadian Navy to train and improve the inter-operability of the two nations’ militaries and surface search and rescue assets.

Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Station Provincetown, and Air Station Cape Cod and HMCS Summerside conducted homeland security, anti-terrorism, search and rescue, and medical evacuation operations.

The training commenced in Buzzards Bay, Monday with a Coast Guard Station Woods Hole 29-foot Response Boat Small simulating a boat protesting against the Royal Canadian Navy. The attack vessel, represented by the Coast Guard small boat, approached HMCS Summerside prompting the ships crew to stand up their force protection measures to defend the ship.

The afternoon training segment took place north of Provincetown, where Air Station Cape Cod conducted hoisting operations from a MH-60 Helicopter to the HMCS Summerside.

A helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod in Bourne trained with the Canadian Navy in Cape Cod Bay. An aviation survival technician and a public affairs specialist were lowered onto the Canadian Warship HMCS Summerside for a mock medical evacuation.

The Summerside is conducting work ups (Operational Sea Test) for Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) in advance of their assigned operational mission.

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