SPARTAN WARRIOR 2016 Concludes off the Coast of Florida

Ottawa – National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy

Approximately 1,500 personnel and seven surface vessels, along with submarines, helicopters, and maritime patrol aircraft from Canada, the United States, and Spain today completed SPARTAN WARRIOR 16, a training event that included a series of challenging scenarios off the coast of Florida.

The professional, high-tempo training of SPARTAN WARRIOR contributes to the operational readiness of the Royal Canadian Navy by enhancing cooperation and interoperability, and by strengthening the combat effectiveness of Canada’s military and its allies. HMCS St John’s, Athabaskan, and Montreal will return to Halifax, while HMCS Fredericton will remain in the Americas working with partners and allies in the region. ESPS Patino concluded its participation in SPARTAN WARRIOR on November 3, returning to its home port of Ferrol, Spain.   


“The success of SPARTAN WARRIOR 16 is clear affirmation of the inspiration, skill, and professionalism of our personnel. Spanish, American, and Canadian forces are justifiably proud of the high levels of operational readiness achieved. Our interoperability proves yet again the strong bonds that exist between our navies and our readiness to join together in maritime security operations when called upon. I am especially impressed by the phenomenal leap in capability evident in the four modernized Halifax Class frigates that participated. Our sailors proudly tell me that they are confidently operating again in the top tier of partner navies. All in the Canadian Atlantic Fleet sadly bid farewell to our friends in ESPS Patino, who diligently helped the Royal Canadian Navy maintain the skills that make our navy globally deployable. We look forward to operating together in European waters in friendship and partnership.”

Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic and Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic 

“SPARTAN WARRIOR 16 was an exceptional opportunity for the RCN to work together with American and Spanish allies conducting multi-ship readiness training. The Spanish replenishment ship Patino provided much needed fueling and seamanship capability and a platform for the Enhanced Naval Boarding Party training. HMCS St. John’s met all combat readiness requirements in advance of her upcoming NATO deployment. HMCS Montreal completed key crewing trials as well as testing and evaluating the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. Finally, war-at-sea scenarios were conducted in support of the USN-led Submarine Command Course. I could not be more proud of the sailors and airmen and women who worked so hard.”

Captain(Navy) M.E. Davie, Commander, SPARTAN WARRIOR Task Group 

“HMCS Fredericton once again demonstrated her ability to act as Flag Ship during a multi-threat exercise involving ships and aircraft from three nations. While the focus of the exercise was Anti-Submarine Warfare, all areas of warfare were tested and crews were challenged by the complex geo-political situation put forth in the exercise. The Task Group persevered through all threats and exhibited tremendous cooperation and work ethic between host countries and their combined military assets. It would not have been possible without our sailors and airmen and women whose incredible dedication and leadership made this exercise a success.”

Commander Yves Tremblay, Commanding Officer, HMCS Fredericton

Quick Facts

SPARTAN WARRIOR 2016 was a Royal Canadian Navy-led training opportunity that began off the east coast of Canada in late October. Participants transited down the eastern seaboard of the US, concluding training in the Caribbean Sea. The Canadian Armed Forces is committed to enhancing and promoting interoperability with partner countries. 

SPARTAN WARRIOR participants supported a US Navy-led Submarine Command Course which consisted of a number of very advanced "submarine versus surface and air asset" events.

Canadian participants included HMC Ships Fredericton, Athabaskan, Montreal, St. John’s, and ESPS Patino. Royal Canadian Air Force air units from Shearwater and Greenwood supported the training in addition to U.S and Spanish surface ships and subs.

SPARTAN WARRIOR 2016 focused on tactical training within the context of a geopolitical scenario. SPARTAN WARRIOR 2016 facilitated training in a joint environment and developed interoperability with allies and joint partners.  

The CH-148 Cyclone helicopter successfully completed its operational capability trials throughout SPARTAN WARRIOR 2016. 

SPARTAN WARRIOR 2016 was designed to provide advanced training opportunities across the full-spectrum of maritime operations from deterrence to combat to security operations and planning for stability operations within a joint, multinational context.