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Exercise Trident Fury; NATO military madness in Esquimalt (greater Victoria Harbour, Canada) PDF Print E-mail
Peace News
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 10:50
EXERCISE TRIDENT FURY NATO military madness in Esquimalt (greater Victoria Harbour, Canada)

PEJ News - Dr. Joan Russow Phd. - This Press release was up on the Department of Defence Web site.

Exercise Trident Fury 2006 to Run 8-19 May - The sea, land and sky of British Columbia will be filled with ships, troops and aircraft for Exercise Trident Fury May 8 to19. Over 2,000 personnel will be involved in the exercise, including a thousand visitors, which is anticipated to generate over $2 million in economic spin-offs for the community.

Note that one of the US airplanes is nuclear arms capable
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Exercise Trident Fury

Joan Russow and David White
Global Compliance Research Project
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Victoria, B.C

The Exercise Trident Fury when "The sea, land and sky of British Columbia will be filled with ships, troops and aircraft for Exercise Trident Fury May 8 to19" is taking place in Esquimalt .

http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/newsroom/view_news_e.asp?id=1919 .

At a time when Canada is playing an offensive role in the US- led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, a deep military integration display in Victoria will seriously jeopardize the security of the citizens of Victoria, B.C. and Canada. In the Department of Defence fact sheet is the list of participants including the following reference "Some aircraft will also be flying back to their home bases in the United States at the end of each mission such as the B-52 Stratofortress". On the US department of Defence Web site, the stratofortress is a nuclear arms capable aircraft.

There are serious strategic consequences for our region being so closely associated with the US military. Putting geopolitical concerns to the side, however, an environmental assessment of military exercises has never been done. Potential short-term and long-term environmental and health consequences have not been assessed. Likewise, undertaking an environmental assessment of the docking of "nuclear" capable ships and aircraft close to urban populations has been rejected by our government.

Undoubtedly, Victorians will effectively demonstrate their opposition to this exercise.

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Background:

see the fact sheet and Press release below

Trident Fury 2006 - Fact Sheet Off DND web site

* Exercise TRIDENT FURY is a two-week joint, coalition based exercise hosted by Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters (JTFP) and executed by the Pacific Fleet Commander. The exercise will run from 8-19 May and incorporates Naval, Air and Land Force elements from Canada, the United States, Great Britain and NATO. It will be an assembly of the largest and most diverse list of exercise participants ever seen on the West Coast.

* TRIDENT FURY will see participation from four Canadian Navy warships (HMCS ALGONQUIN, WINNIPEG, VANCOUVER and YELLOWKNIFE), auxiliaries (HMCS ORIOLE and Fleet Diving Unit vessels) and two United States Naval vessels (USS INGRAHAM and USNS BRIDGE). Operations will include live surface-to-air and air-to-air missile firings and the employment of air-to-surface Precision Guided Munitions.

* Approximately 20 aircraft will be operating out of Victoria International Airport. They will include F-15 and F-16 fighters, E2 Hawkeyes from the United States, an AWACS from the United Kingdom, Canadian SeaKing Helicopters and AlphaJets from Top Aces.

* Approximately 20 other aircraft will be operating out of 19 Wing Comox, including CF-18 Hornets, CP-140 Auroras and a NATO AWACS. Due to space constraints the base could not accommodate all participating aircraft. Some aircraft will also be flying back to their home bases in the United States at the end of each mission such as the B-52 Stratofortress, bringing the total number of aircraft participating in the exercise to approximately 60.

* The exercise is expected to result in over $2 million being spent on Vancouver Island during the two-week period. There will be over 2000 participants, 1000 of which will be coming to the local area specifically for the exercise.

* The aircraft will primarily have two take off times each day. They will take off as a group at around 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The missions will take about 2 1/2 hours so the majority of the aircraft will return around 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. The public is welcome to come out and watch the flying from the public viewing areas around Victoria International airport.

* To try to reduce noise disruptions, there will be no exercise flying at night or on the weekend of 13-14 May.



NATO military madness in Esquilmalt (greater Victoria Harbour, Canada)

Dr. Joan Russow and David White

PEJ News
April 2, 2006

Exercise Trident Fury 2006 to Run 8-19 May


ESQUIMALT B.C. ? The sea, land and sky of British Columbia will be filled with ships, troops and aircraft for Exercise Trident Fury May 8 to19. Over 2,000 personnel will be involved in the exercise, including a thousand visitors, which is anticipated to generate over $2 million in economic spin-offs for the community.

This exercise will build capability skills and expertise that can be deployed anywhere in the world, and allows the Canadian Forces (FC) to exercise its sovereignty at home and abroad. With the many challenges the province of BC poses, from fighting forest fires to search and rescue, this exercise represents an opportunity to enhance inter-agency cooperation.

The Canadian Navy will lead the exercise and will include participants from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United Kingdom (UK), and units from Canada and the United States (US) in what will be the largest multi-national, joint and combined exercise held on the West Coast of Canada.

?Exercise Trident Fury provides an excellent training opportunity for the Canadian Forces,? said Commodore Bruce Donaldson, Commander of the Canadian Pacific Fleet. ?This exercise is designed to validate tactics, to hone operator and team skills, and to enhance joint and allied interoperability in a challenging, littoral warfare environment,? he said.

Over 50 aircraft from NATO, UK, US and Canada will operate out of Victoria International Airport, 19 Wing Comox and the continental US. US Navy ships will join four Canadian Navy ships. In addition, the Canadian Army?s 74 Communications Group and 4 Air Defence Regiment will be deployed in the Chilkotin Region in the Coast Mountain Range to defend against simulated air attacks and to test communications, command and control links and interoperability.

Aircraft operating out of Victoria International Airport will fly two separate two-hour missions each day. Take offs will occur at approximately 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. There will be no flying at night, and there are currently no flights planned on the May 13-14 weekend.

?We recognize that our airport plays a key role in the national security of our country. We are pleased to support the Trident Fury exercise,? said Richard Paquette, President and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority.

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NOTE TO EDITORS/ NEWS DIRECTORS:


Limited opportunities for media to go to sea during the exercise are available; please contact Navy Public Affairs for more information. A separate Media Advisory will be distributed with information on other media events during the exercise.


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