Navy showcases coastal defence off Victoria shores

  • May. 6, 2011 6:00 p.m.

A naval battle is being waged not far from Victoria shores.

Involving only good guys, the Trident Fury training exercise is putting crews through their paces on board most of Canada’s West Coast fleet, American naval vessels, as well as the U.S. coast guard.

The large-scale training mission, which continues until May 14, involves at least 1,000 military personnel every two years. This year, Maritime Forces Pacific at CFB Esquimalt is hosting the exercise.

As low-flying choppers and large and small ships navigate the waters of Constance Bank and the approaches to the Victoria and Esquimalt harbours, more action will be taking place beneath the water.

Submersibles and divers will be working to cut the lines of mines below the surface, a sample of the mock scenarios taking place.

The exercise allows the allies to work together and improve their tactical efficiency.

emccracken@vicnews.com