Royal Canadian Navy-led Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2023 Commences

News release

September 10, 2023 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2023, which runs between September 10 and 22, began today with a unified sailpast and flypast of participants along the waterfront in Halifax, NS.

This multi-national exercise taking place off the coast of Nova Scotia will focus on interoperability between Allies and joint elements, and on submarine warfare threats. This year will also see air-maritime integration between the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as amphibious landings conducted by the Canadian Army.

Ex CUTLASS FURY participants include the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, Royal Air Force (British Air Force), Deutsche Marine (German Navy), and Marine Nationale (French Navy). There are approximately 1400 participating sailors, soldiers, and aviators from the five allied nations, including eight ships and multiple classes and types of aircraft.


“I am very proud to host Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2023 as it is an excellent opportunity for our Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators to train in a high-readiness environment with our allies. During our time together, we will work to strengthen interoperability between allies and joint elements by enhancing our capabilities and readiness, ultimately improving our collective ability to respond to a range of real-world scenarios.”

Rear-Admiral Josée Kurtz, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic & Joint Task Force Atlantic

“I couldn’t be more excited to get to work with our allies during CUTLASS FURY 2023. Opportunities to train together at sea in a complex, simulated warfare environment help hone the skills of our outstanding sailors and help maintain our collective ability as allies to fight together.”

Commodore Trevor MacLean, Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic

Quick facts

  • Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2023 (CF23) is a Canadian-led, multi-national, multi-threat warfare exercise that will test Canadian sailors, soldiers, aviators, and our allies’ combative ability to execute anti-submarine warfare and strengthen our air-maritime integration capabilities, showcasing our ability to conduct operations across air, land, and sea.

  • This year, along with Canada’s participating ships, land elements and air assets, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France are sending ships and/or air components to ensure synchronization between allied crews and assets. 

  • Exercise CUTLASS FURY is a biennial exercise that provides an opportunity for allied forces to train in a joint maritime environment, with training including air defence, defence against attack from enemy naval vessels, air-to-air combat, defence against submarines, and this year, amphibious landings and closer air-maritime integration.

  • The participating Canadian assets and units are:

    • Halifax-class Frigates:
      • His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown; and
      • HMCS Fredericton.
    • Kingston-class Coastal Defence Vessels
      • HMCS Glace Bay;
      • HMCS Moncton.
    • Harry DeWolf-class Offshore Patrol Vessel
      • HMCS Max Bernays;
    • Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft:
      • CP-140 Aurora from 14 Wing Greenwood;
      • CH-148 Cyclone Helicopters from 12 Wing Shearwater; and
      • CF-18 Hornet from 425 Squadron CFB Bagotville.
    • Canadian Army
      • 4 General Support Regiment; and
      • 36 Canadian Brigade Group Army Reserve.
  • The participating international assets are:

    • United States:
      • Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer
        • United States Ship (USS) James E. Williams;
        • USS Porter;
      • Lewis and Clarke-class dry cargo ship
        • United States Naval Ship William Mclean;
    • United Kingdom:
      • P8A Poseidon – anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft;
    • Germany:
      • P3C Orion – anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft;
    • France:
      • Br.1150 Atlantic – maritime patrol aircraft.

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