US, Canadian Navy Wrap Up TGEX 15
The U.S. Navy’s Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) concluded the Task Group Exercise (TGEX) which took place off the coast of Southern California from Oct. 19 to Nov. 6.
TGEX is a U.S.-Canada multi-warfare exercise designed to train units in various mission areas including amphibious warfare, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and maritime interdiction operations.
Lt. Cmdr. Christopher VanLoenen, operations officer, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 1 commented:
TGEX consists of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit working with our coalition partners to learn how to work in a heavy operational environment. It gives us the chance to learn how to operate together.
Each ship ran through a series of drills that tested the Boxer ARG’s and the RCN’s ability to respond to different scenarios such as general quarters, non-combatant evacuation operations, and search and seizure operations.
Recent engagements between the two navies include Pacific Partnership and Trident Fury.
Participants of TGEX included Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3; Commander, Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 1; amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), and dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Royal Canadian units included Canadian Fleet Pacific, Halifax-class frigates HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) and HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331) and Victoria-class submarine HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK 879).
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