Lieutenant(N) Pamela Hogan
HMCS Brandon is participating in the collective U.S. Arctic Edge 2022 exercise in the Alaska Command area of responsibility through March 11.
The bi-annual exercise helps strengthen Canada-US interoperability and the sharing of cold weather warfare expertise in the Arctic.
Launched in 2018, the exercise is conducted at multiple sites across the Alaska area of responsibility and runs concurrently with Arctic exercises from late February through mid-March, with
approximately 1,000 attendees.
It is sponsored by North American Aerospace Defense and United States Northern Command and planned and delivered by United States Alaskan Command. Canadian Armed Forces units from the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force participate.
For this third iteration of Exercise Arctic Edge, Brandon is the first and only Royal Canadian Navy ship to participate in the Naval Stamp. The team aboard the maritime coastal defense vessel exercises Arctic warfare interoperability coordinated by the U.S. Navy’s Third Mine Countermeasures Group, which simulates cold weather mine countermeasures activities. The Navy’s on-board Seabed Response Systems team launches Remote Environmental Measurement Unit (REMUS) 100 to scan the area for fake underwater mines laid by the warfare group against mines three.
To identify the scanned objects, the team evaluates the graph of the underwater surface acoustic profile produced by the REMUS 100, and identifies any underwater mines in the image that require the intervention of the onboard team of Fleet Diving Unit Clearance Divers (Pacific).
The dive team deploys to secure or eliminate potential underwater mines, which Brandon return to their American counterparts in Juneau, Alaska, before returning to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in mid-March.