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Drill Pits Sheriff’s Vessel Against the Canadian Navy

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Police, Uncategorized by on October 25, 2017 0 Comments • views: 299

BUZZARDS BAY – Lawmen playing the role of international pirates attempted to board a Canadian warship this weekend near the Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse, but no one was hurt or injured because it was only a drill. But that’s not to say plenty of sweat wasn’t expended on both decks.

The two vessels were underway at the time.

The role-playing “pirates” were actually assigned to the marine assault unit of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Special Response Team.
That left the sailors aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Moncton “frankly impressed by our ability to board and do it so quickly,” noted response team officer-in- charge Christopher Eordekian, a captain with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office. His smaller “pirate” boat, meanwhile, the 31-foot sheriff’s patrol vessel, made for a realistic fit in its role of hostile boarders.

The Moncton, by contrast, is a 181-foot corvette, six-time as long as the Sheriff’s vessel but a step down from destroyers and frigates. Its primary mission is coastal defense. The ship was commissioned in 1998, coincidentally the same year the Barnstable County’s Sheriff was elected; it is the second Moncton to carry that name and is homeported in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia; namesake Moncton is one of the few other cities in a mostly rural providence.

Many of the 37 Canadian sailors took up battle stations at strategic firing points aboard the vessel as the “pirate ship” approached and boarding ensued.

Moncton steamed about 400 miles southwest to reach Buzzards Bay and its voyage is far from over. Its annual sea training cruise in the Atlantic will take the crew much further south – to Tampa, Florida and the Caribbean, among other places. US Coast guardsmen aboard its 45-foot shark boat out of nearby Woods Hole were briefed on the exercise and served in the safety vessel function.

The “hostiles” scramble up the Canadian warship’s side!

“Hostiles alongside” – Note the shadows the patrol boat is casting on Moncton. The front shadow is the SRT officer holding a pole used to hook to the side of vessel being boarded. The shadow behind him is a rifle-toting SRT member. The shadow behind that is the small foredeck of the boarding craft.

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