HMCS Montréal welcomes U.S. Navy Captain during NATO exercise

Navy News / October 19, 2017

By Lieutenant (Navy) Linda Coleman

U.S. Navy Captain Shanti Sethi, Commander, Task Group Integrated Air and Missile Defense, and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet’s Task Force 64, along with members of her staff, were welcomed aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montréal October 9, 2017, for a visit and tour during Exercise FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17.

Capt Sethi and her staff were hosted by Captain (Navy) Jeff Hamilton, Commander Maritime Operations Group 5, Commander Chris Sherban, Commanding Officer of HMCS Montréal and his command team, and members of Canadian Fleet Atlantic embarked for the exercise.

The visit provided an opportunity to discuss the exercise, demonstrate how the Royal Canadian Navy operates, and invite our American friends and allies to join us in a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner.

Capt Sethi and her staff are embarked in USS Winston S. Churchill during the exercise.

“Thank you for your hospitality,” said Capt Sethi during a pipe to the ship’s company. “I very much enjoyed my tour walking through your spaces and being able to say hello to a few of you and getting briefings on how your ship operates.”

“Most importantly, thank you all for your performance. You guys have done a spectacular job. You’ve been on stage and on time, and you’ve been able to communicate. Thank you all for the hard work that you put into getting missiles off the other day,” added Capt Sethi.

On October 8, HMCS Montréal had conducted its first live fire Evolved Sea Sparrow missile launch during FORMIDABLE SHIELD, exercising its air defence capabilities against conventional anti-ship missile threats by defending itself and allied units conducting ballistic missile defence operations. ‎

“We were honoured to host Capt Sethi and members of her staff aboard HMCS Montréal,” said Capt(N) Hamilton. “These important visits aid in furthering our collective understanding of capabilities within the Alliance, which ultimately leads to greater interoperability and enhances our ability to successfully work together on multinational operations and missions,”

“Cdr Sherban and the ship’s company of HMCS Montréal did a fantastic job facilitating this visit and the cooks put on a wonderful Thanksgiving meal,” added Capt(N) Hamilton.

FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17, which runs from September 24 to October 18 at Hebrides Range off the Western Isles of Scotland, is a U.S. 6th Fleet-led, joint NATO live fire integrated air missile defence (IAMD) exercise involving eight nations, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the U.S. Its purpose is to improve allied interoperability in an IAMD environment, utilizing NATO command and control reporting structures. This was the first event in a planned recurring biennial exercise.