since 9/11; I’ve lost track literally
of how many, but we’re talking 20-,
30-plus different deployments in a
variety of different forms.
At the moment we’re looking
at a forward-deployed vanguard,
as we call it, either employed in
Operation Reassurance, which is a
NATO reassurance measure, or it
could be deployed or redeployed in
the broader Gulf-Indian Ocean area.
Combined Task Force 150 is
something that we actively and
regularly participate in. We have
had ships in that group routinely.
We have had command. We have
an integrated staff.
I think that’s another really interesting example of partnership. The
Royal Australian Navy and the RCN
entered into a partnership a couple
of years ago whereby, on a rotating
basis, either Canada or Australia
leads Task Force 150. So when that
happens, we have a 60/40 integrated staff supporting the respective
I raise that because it’s an example of a number of the points I’ve
been trying to make. It’s an example that you don’t
necessarily have to have a ship to have a presence and
to be exercising the kinds of partnerships that we’re
talking about. In this particular case, it is a sustained
presence in the region, and it’s also a great example of
a traditional partnership with our Australian friends,
whereby we’re able to seamlessly integrate a battle staff
for a very, very important command responsibility in a
really important region of the world.
Earlier you mentioned Spain helping the RCN
by temporarily providing AOR services. Is this
an example of a European aspect of global
NORMAN: It is leveraging what I would have characterized as an always present but relatively quiet relationship. We’ve always had good relations with Spain, as
we’ve had with all of our other NATO partners. In this
particular case, to be blunt, I went looking for help, and
Spain was one of the countries who said they were able
They had done a very similar thing with the Royal
Australian Navy. It was a huge success for both navies.
So I reached out to them, and they responded in a very
So it’s not necessarily a direct result of a global
engagement focus, but it does contribute indirectly to
enhancing that, re-energizing some of the more latent
relationships that have always been there.
Are there any other areas that you wanted to
highlight or talk about?
NORMAN: I go back to where I started, which is reinforcing the fact that partnerships, relationships, interoperability, the whole notion of networks beyond the technical dimensions of networks are absolutely critical for
navies of all types and all sizes. It’s just as important for
the U.S. Navy to have these networks and relationships
as it is for those of us who have smaller navies to have
these networks and relationships.
And when you can have viable examples of smaller
navies helping themselves, I think it’s a great story. And
it’s exactly the kind of thing that we want to see regionally in different parts of the world, and globally. This
notion of a distributed, integrated maritime police force,
if you will, that ensures the stability of the global commons is a very lofty and arguably theoretical construct,
but it’s actually very practical and something that those
of us who are in the business of going to sea actually not
only believe in but is something that we are passionately
committed to ensuring is successful. n
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy perform a simulated boarding during the North American Maritime Security Initiative Pacific
Exercise off the coast of San Diego March 4. The Canadian ships HMCS
Saskatoon and HMCS Edmonton took part in the exercise in preparation for
their participation in Operation Caribbe off the coast of Central America.
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