**** DND Media Release
The Royal Canadian Navy hosts training event with key partners in the Atlantic
CUTLASS FURY is a bi-annual, medium-scale, training exercise which will take place off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland from 7 to 17 September 2021. The exercise will enhance mutual awareness, inter-operability, and readiness of Canada’s Atlantic Fleet, allied navies, and other joint elements of the Canadian Armed Forces in tactical-level maritime warfare.
This year, CUTLASS FURY 21 will be focused on tactical training within the context of a fictitious geopolitical scenario. It will include an array of live air and surface weapons firings against a challenging array of remotely-operated targets. The scope of this training is to provide participants a demanding yet realistic exercise layered into a building political crisis that culminates into a crisis scenario.
Participants include the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the United States Navy (USN), and the Marine Nationale (MN) of France.
“CUTLASS FURY 21 will provide the Royal Canadian Navy an excellent opportunity to train the Canadian Atlantic Fleet, allies, and joint elements in maritime tactical level warfare as part of a multinational task group. It has been designed to provide advanced training opportunities and it will allow us to build upon our readiness and ability to respond to any crisis, all while enhancing our relationships with key partners.”
Commodore Christopher Robinson, Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic
- RCN participants include the submarine Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS)Windsor, the frigates HMCSHalifax, Montréal, and Toronto; the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) HMCS Moncton, Kingston, and Summerside; and Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix.
- Allied participants include: from the United States Navy (USN) – United States Ship (USS)Forrest Shermanand USS Thomas Hudner, as well as two P-8 Orion maritime patrol aircraft; and from the Marine Nationale (MN) of France – French Ship (FS) Aquitaine.
- The exercise will include a significant number of aircraft, from the RCAF, including: CP-140 Auroras, and CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters. There will also be a number of allied and contracted aircraft participating. Having aircraft taking part in CUTLASS FURY exercises air-to-maritime integration and coordination, anti-air defence, and anti-submarine warfare.
- CUTLASS FURY will conclude in St. John’s, Newfoundland on September 17.