Canadian and U.S. warships train off San Diego
Training aims to keep high seas safer
Last Updated: 62 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A seven-ship task force off the San Diego coast is conducting a variety of training scenarios for real world situations.
"One of the biggest threats we face is confronting a small but very fast boat. We need to make the right decisions," said Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Bromley. He is the executive officer of the USS Mobile Bay, which is working with three other U.S. ships and three Canadian vessels in a joint exercise.
"This is phenomenal training for the crew and the Canadians brought some very unique targets for it," said Capt. Tim Kott, the Mobile Bay's commanding officer.
The target is called a hammerhead and is essentially a remote-controlled high speed small boat that the warships can track as well as practice firing to stop the threat.
"When we deploy, we often deploy as part of a coalition, so it's key that we all operate on the same page," said Canadian Commodore Bob Auchterlionie.
The ships, operating off the San Diego coast, will not only practice targeting small boats but aircraft and submarines.
The exercise is due to wrap up Thursday.
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