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Royal Cana­dian Navy ves­sel re­turns to Hal­i­fax af­ter six-month de­ploy­ment in Europe

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

A Hal­i­fax-based navy frigate has re­turned to its home port af­ter a six-month de­ploy­ment with NATO forces in Europe.

HMCS St. John’s and its 240-mem­ber crew par­tic­i­pated in Oper­a­tion Re­as­sur­ance, which is aimed at pro­mot­ing se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in cen­tral and eastern Europe.

The ship served with the Stand­ing NATO Mar­itime Group 2 in the Mediter­ranean Sea.

Dur­ing its time at sea, St. John’s took part in four largescale ex­er­cises, while vis­it­ing 16 ports in 10 coun­tries.

The ves­sel trav­elled more than 37,000 nau­ti­cal miles dur­ing the de­ploy­ment.

HMCS Char­lot­te­town is to re­place St. John’s as part of the NATO oper­a­tions in early Au­gust.

CP PHOTO/AN­DREW VAUGHAN

Master Sea­man Scott Hick­man holds his three-year-old daugh­ter, Lila, as HMCS St. John’s re­turns to Hal­i­fax on Mon­day. The ship and crew were on de­ploy­ment on Op RE­AS­SUR­ANCE, Canada’s con­tri­bu­tion to NATO as­sur­ance mea­sures for eastern Europe.

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