Thanks to Tony Seed for the alert.

Labour Day: NATO Warships And Aircraft To Perform Halifax Harbour Sail + Fly Past

Cutlass Fury 2021 is a biannual multinational joint-combined maritime tactical exercise which combines Naval assets from Canada and three other NATO countries. The exercise is happening September 6 – 17.

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Condemn major military provocation on Labour Day! No Harbour for War!

Tony Seed

While the media is presenting the CNE Air Show in Toronto sponsored by Lockheed Martin as a one-off, local and unique event of “family entertainment”, the Trudeau government is simultaneously staging a major NATO naval exercise in Nova Scotia, Cutlass Fury 2021. On September 6, Labour Day, NATO warships and aircraft will perform a high profile Halifax Harbour Sail + Fly Past.  This represents a warmongering outlook and program unacceptable to the majority of Canadians who want Canada to be a force for peace in the world. 

Nine Canadian warships and five visiting warships from three NATO countries of the US, UK and France will leave dock, sail to Bedford Basin and depart Halifax Harbour in a linear fashion. Royal Canadian Airforce aircraft including Cyclone helicopters, an Aurora as well as Alpha Jets will pass over the ships as they depart the harbour. The fly past is scheduled for 1:00 pm at an altitude of 500 feet. In the midst of a pandemic, Haligonians are being encouraged to the waterfront to view the spectacle.

CUTLASS FURY 21 is a bi-annual exercise taking place off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland from Sept 3-17. Details are deliberately vague and sketchy. All these 14 warships are ostensibly “to simulate surveillance and boarding of a civilian ship and will include operations with the Canadian submarine HMCS Windsor.” It is far more than that. The U.S. Navy ships are USS Thomas Hudner and USS Forrest Sherman, both of which are Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers. 

Maritime Command advertises that the exercise is “Canadian-led,” as if this is an exercise in sovereignty and legitimate defence. It is not so. Under NATO, Maritime Command is under the control of the U.S. Second Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia.