The Canadian Navy’s hunter-killer submarine HMCS Windsor returned to Halifax December 17 after a three and a half month deployment to Western European waters.
HMCS Windsor, along with HMC Ships Athabaskan, Halifax, Montréal, Goose Bay, and Summerside left Halifax in the early fall.
The submarine is the last Canadian participant of the multinational exercises this fall to return to Halifax. The crew of Windsor had the opportunity to work with other nations, strengthening interoperability with various defence partners and joint operations with Canadian Special Operations Forces personnel.
With the participation of more than 800 Royal Canadian Navy sailors, this year’s TRIDENT JUNCTURE exercise was the largest NATO Maritime exercise Canada has participated in in over two decades.
After completing both JOINT WARRIOR and TRIDENT JUNCTURE, HMCS Windsor participated in exercises with la Marine Nationale (French Navy) off the western European coast.
Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy, said: “This deployment is a milestone for the Canadian Submarine Force, as HMCS Windsor successfully completes a major submarine deployment overseas. It showcases our support of NATO and the robust capability and readiness of Canada’s Submarine Force to assist the Canadian Armed Forces and our international partners.”