HMCS Charlottetown departs for six-month NATO deployment in Europe
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.
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.
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.
Members of the crew stand on deck as HMCS Charlottetown leaves the naval dockyard in Halifax on Tuesday.
A woman holds a Canadian flag as she and other family and friends watch HMCS Charlottetown leave the naval dockyard in Halifax on Tuesday.