Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) is at present off the coast of Hawaii collaborating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, the biggest maritime train on the earth. The aim of this train is to supply a chance for sailors to realize expertise working with worldwide forces, follow ways and job power integration, and prepare with allied navies on gear and weaponry. RIMPAC gives a singular and invaluable coaching alternative for the Royal Canadian Navy. It helps superior group coaching in a posh, multinational maritime atmosphere and is a chance to show high-level fight capabilities by live-fire workouts utilizing world-class weapon ranges.

“Because the Floor Motion Group Commander for this evolution, Winnipeg and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) proved how we have been in a position to combine successfully with companion nations to conduct coordinated strike engagements, scoring a mission kill on the goal.” mentioned Petty Officer First Class Kevin Granger, the above water warfare director onboard HMCS Winnipeg.


“Winnipeg spent numerous hours coaching to securely and effectively execute this firing occasion. It was nice alternative to showcase what the group has achieved throughout our pre-deployment readiness coaching this yr, and to show that we’re absolutely ready to signify the Authorities of Canada anyplace on the earth.,” mentioned Lieutenant(N) Bucky Branscombe, Winnipeg’s operations officer.

Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) fires two harpoon missiles as a part of a sinking train (SINKEX) throughout Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. (Royal Canadian Navy photograph by S1 Melissa Gonzalez)

On July 12, the crew of Winnipeg participated in a sinking train (SINKEX). Throughout a SINKEX, an environmentally clear, decommissioned hull, on this case the decommissioned ex-USS Rodney M. Davis, is purposefully sunk to supply a singular alternative to enhance our coalition companion’s readiness. The weapons system Winnipeg used for this train was the RGM-84 Harpoon Floor-to-Floor Missile (SSM), which is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile utilized by many NATO member states. Whereas HMC Ships have fired Harpoon missiles in previous RIMPAC workouts, this was the primary time that an RCN ship labored with MQ-9 Reaper drones and its embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter in a coordinated floor engagement.

Proficiency with this method is crucial for RCN frigates, because it gives the ship’s commanding officer the flexibility to handle threats from over-the-horizon whereas sustaining a protected distance. With each Harpoon missiles hanging the goal, this SINKEX proved the potential of each the ship and the crew. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, 4 submarines, greater than 170 plane and 25,000 personnel are collaborating in RIMPAC from June 29- Aug. 4 in and across the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest worldwide maritime train, RIMPAC gives a singular coaching alternative whereas fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships amongst contributors essential to making sure the security of sea lanes and safety on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the twenty eighth train within the sequence that started in 1971.

Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) departs from Pearl Harbor for the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.
Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) departs from Pearl Harbor for the at-sea section of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.(Division of Nationwide Defence/Canadian Armed Forces photograph by Richard Guertin)