US, Canadian warships exercise in the South China Sea following Taiwan Strait transit

Ships from the US and Canadian navies are currently conducting joint exercises in the South China Sea after passing through the Taiwan Strait four days ago, according to a press release by the US Navy.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG114) is operating alongside the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) as part of an exercise dubbed “Noble Wolverine.”

The exercise is described as a wide-ranging exercise involving sustained Surface Action Group operations intended to improve interoperability between the allied navies and support a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Operations include maneuvering drills, small boat operations, helicopter flight deck training and routine bilateral surface operations. The two ships were refueled by the replenishment oiler USNS Yukon )T-AO 202).

commanders of US and Canadian ships in the South China Sea
Cmdr. Isaia Infante, left, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) speaks with Cmdr. Sam Patchell, right, commanding officer of His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa (FFH 341) during a visit to Ralph Johnson Sep. 6 in the South China Sea.

For more information see Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.

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