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HMCS Char­lot­te­town de­parts for six-month NATO de­ploy­ment in Europe

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HMCS Char­lot­te­town de­parts for six­month NATO de­ploy­ment in Europe

HMCS Char­lot­te­town left port in Hal­i­fax on Tues­day for a six-month NATO de­ploy­ment to Cen­tral and East­ern Europe.

The ship is join­ing Stand­ing NATO Mar­itime Group One in the North At­lantic Ocean, and the Mediter­ranean and Baltic seas.

On its sec­ond de­ploy­ment un­der Op­er­a­tion Re­as­sur­ance, HMCS Char­lot­te­town re­places HMCS St. John’s, which ar­rived in its home port of Hal­i­fax on July 17 af­ter six months.

“The highly trained and pro­fes­sional ship’s com­pany is well pre­pared to meet the chal­lenges of this mis­sion,” said Cmdr. Jeff Hutt of HMCS Char­lot­te­town.

“HMCS Char­lot­te­town is com­mit­ted to fur­ther in­crease the Canadian Armed Forces’ abil­ity to work along­side our al­lies, con­trib­ute to en­hanc­ing NATO readi­ness, and help strengthen in­ter­na­tional and re­gional sta­bil­ity.”

HMCS Char­lot­te­town is a Hal­i­fax-class frigate with around 240 crew of all ranks, in­clud­ing an En­hanced Naval Board­ing Party and a CH-124 Sea King he­li­copter air de­tach­ment. The board­ing party pro­vides a rel­a­tively new ca­pa­bil­ity for the Royal Canadian Navy that is used in sup­port of mar­itime in­ter­dic­tion op­er­a­tions

Dur­ing its first de­ploy­ment in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Re­as­sur­ance, HMCS Char­lot­te­town con­ducted mar­itime se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions and joint NATO train­ing ex­er­cises be­tween June 2016 and January 2017, in the North At­lantic Ocean and Mediter­ranean, Aegean and Baltic seas as part of Stand­ing NATO Mar­itime Group Two.

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Hull tech­ni­cian Matt Te­trault, left, shares a mo­ment with his girl­friend, Alex Hanscomb, on the naval dock­yard in Hal­i­fax on Tues­day be­fore de­ploy­ing on a six-month mis­sion aboard HMCS Char­lot­te­town to join NATO op­er­a­tions in the North and Mediter­ranean seas.

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A boy holds a Canadian flag as fam­ily, friends, and crew pre­pare for HMCS Char­lot­te­town’s six-month de­ploy­ment to join NATO op­er­a­tions in the North and Mediter­ranean seas on the naval dock­yard in Hal­i­fax on Tues­day.

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Mem­bers of the crew stand on deck as HMCS Char­lot­te­town leaves the naval dock­yard in Hal­i­fax on Tues­day.

CP PHOTO/DARREN CALABRESE

A woman holds a Canadian flag as she and other fam­ily and friends watch HMCS Char­lot­te­town leave the naval dock­yard in Hal­i­fax on Tues­day.

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