Tuesday, March 7, 2017

HMCS Winnipeg & Ottawa Sail for Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

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HMCS Winnipeg departs CFB Esquimalt on Monday, March 6, 2017, for a nearly six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on POSEIDON CUTLASS 17. Image credit: Katelyn Moores.
By: David Pugliese, Defence Watch 

Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Ships Winnipeg and Ottawa departed Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Monday for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region for the Royal Canadian Navy’s POSEIDON CUTLASS 17 deployment.

“POSEIDON CUTLASS 17 will include numerous opportunities to exercise with regional partner navies at sea, as well as in key events and engagements in ports across the region,” the RCN noted in a news release. “This near six-month deployment of multiple warships signals the strategic importance of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to Canada and reinforces Canada’s commitment to the maintenance of regional peace and security.”

During the POSEIDON CUTLASS 17 deployment, HMC Ship’s Winnipeg and Ottawa will make a number of strategic port visits throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, China, South Korea, and Japan.

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