The USS Ralph Johnson and HMCS Ottawa join forces in the South China Sea, showcasing their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
In a powerful display of maritime collaboration and alliance strengthening, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) has joined forces with the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) for Exercise Noble Wolverine in the South China Sea. This wide-ranging fall exercise aims to enhance interoperability between allied navies and reinforce the commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Noble Wolverine Exercise 2023
Exercise Noble Wolverine, comprising multiple phases, encompasses a spectrum of activities, including maneuvering drills, small boat operations, helicopter flight deck training, and routine bilateral surface operations. One significant highlight of this exercise was the successful execution of a combined at-sea replenishment with the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) – a testament to the seamless coordination between US and Canadian naval forces.
Commander Sam Patchell, the commanding officer of HMCS Ottawa, highlighted the importance of such joint exercises in building trust and interoperability. He stated: