Monday, June 27, 2016

HMCS Charlottetown leaves for OP REASSURANCE; First Deployment since 2012

By: David Pugliese, Defence Watch 

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown departed from Halifax today as the designated forward deployed ship of the Royal Canadian Navy, replacing HMCS Fredericton in that role, the RCN said.

HMCS Fredericton has been on Operation REASSURANCE since January 2016.

HMCS Charlottetown’s last international deployment was in 2012, when the ship served on Operation METRIC, Canada’s support to enhanced security in the eastern Mediterranean region, and Operation ARTEMIS, Canada’s support to counter-terrorism and maritime security in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Indian Ocean, according to the RCN.

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January 26, 2012
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown

Aerial image of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Charlottetown at sea during OP Metric with, Standing North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) maritime Group 1 in the Mediterranean Sea.

Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR is a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) maritime operation. It operates in the Mediterranean Sea to prevent the movement of terrorists or weapons of mass destruction, and enhance the security of shipping in general.

HMCS Charlottetown's tasks while on Operation ACTIVE ENDRAVOUR include locating, tracking, and reporting 'vessels of interest', suspected of involvement in terrorism. Although their mandate is limited to detection and deterrence of activities related to terrorism, the NATO fleet deployed on Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR has enhanced security and stability in the Mediterranean Sea to the considerable benefit of trade and commerce. 

Photo by Cpl Ronnie Kinnie, Formation Imaging Services,
HMCS Charlottetown in 2012. Photo courtesy DND
HMCS Charlottetown has been upgraded as part of the Halifax-class modernization. It completed the Halifax-class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension (HCM/FELEX) program in June 2014.

The program provided the ship with a new Combat Management System, new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system upgrade, upgraded communications and missiles, as well as a new Integrated Platform Management System.

The ship’s mission will be the third to employ one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Enhanced Naval Boarding Parties, a specialized team that is capable of executing a full range of maritime interdiction operations.