DVIDS – News – USS Higgins (DDG 76) conducts operations with the Royal Canadian Navy in the South China Sea


SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – The Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331), has concluded exercises in the South China Sea with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) on September 18.
Vancouver and Higgins conducted bilateral surface action group operations demonstrating interoperability in conducting joint exercises in the South China Sea and highlighted U.S. Navy support for Canada’s Indo-Pacific deployment as well as its presence and role in the Western Pacific.
“Working with USS Higgins in the South China Sea has been an incredible opportunity for HMCS Vancouver,” said Cmdr. Kevin Whiteside, Commanding Officer of HMCS Vancouver. “The two teams have integrated seamlessly, conducting a variety of training exercises together. As part of our deployment on Operation PROJECTION, the Vancouver team provided robust capabilities, working together with our partner navies since leaving home in June. It has been great to work with the Higgins team, demonstrating our commitment to promoting stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Bilateral training between U.S. and Canadian maritime forces has enhanced skills in maritime operations, anti-submarine warfare operations, air warfare operations, and maneuver.
“It has been an honor to sail alongside HMCS Vancouver over the past few weeks,” said Cmdr Joseph McGettigan, Commanding Officer of Higgins. as well as improving our capabilities as a combined force. Getting to know these waters and each other gives us a greater ability to provide stability to the region and demonstrates our shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Higgins is assigned to Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward deployed DESRON and the primary surface force in the U.S. 7th Fleet.
The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of ​​responsibility. As the largest forward-deployed fleet in the U.S. Navy, the 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that promote maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

Date taken: 18.09.2022
Date posted: 21.09.2022 03:00
Story ID: 429751

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