HMCS Moncton (MM 708)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMCS Moncton.
HMCS Moncton - IFR 2010.jpg
HMCS Moncton in Bedford Basin as part of International Fleet Review 2010
Career (Canada)
Name: Moncton
Namesake: Moncton, New Brunswick
Builder: Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax
Laid down: 31 May 1997
Launched: 5 December 1997
Commissioned: 12 July 1998
Homeport: CFB Halifax
Identification: MM 708
Honours and
Atlantic, 1942-43[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Kingston-class coastal defence vessel
Displacement: 970 t
Length: 55.3 m (181.43 ft)
Beam: 11.3 m (37.07 ft)
Draught: 3.4 m (11.15 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × Jeumont DC electric motors
4 × 600VAC Wärtsilä SACM V12 diesel alternators
Speed: 15 kn (27.78 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,260.00 km)
Capacity: 47
Complement: 31 to 47
Sensors and
processing systems:
Kelvin Hughes navigation radar (I-band)
Kelvin Hughes 6000 surface search radar (E-F band)
Global Positioning System
A towed high-frequency sidescan sonar
Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS)
Armament: 1 × Bofors 40 mm 60 Mk 5C cannon
2 × M2 Machine Guns

HMCS Moncton is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1998.

Moncton is the ninth ship of her class which is the name for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project. She is the second vessel to use the designation HMCS Moncton.

Moncton was laid down on 31 May 1997 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax and was launched on 5 December 1997. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 12 July 1998 and carries the pennant number 708.

She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax.

Design and Construction[edit]

The Kingston-class coastal defence vessel was conceived to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment and construction techniques in a ship designed to military specifications. The construction of the design required the building of partially outfitted steel block units, which were assembled into larger blocks and those blocks were integrated into the ship. The decks were assembled upside down with pre-outfitting of the underside of the deck prior to installation on the ship. The ship is outfitted with a degaussing system from Power Magnetics and Electronic Systems.[2]

Kingston class vessels are designed to carry up to three 6.1-metre (20 ft) ISO containers with power hookups on the open deck aft in order to embark mission-specific payloads.[3]

Armament and Sensors[edit]

Kingston-class vessels are outfitted with a Bofors 40 mm 60 mk5C rapid fire gun, and two 12.7mm machine guns. The ships are equipped with one of three modular mine countermeasures systems: the deep sea Thales MMS mechanical mine sweeping system, the route survey system or the Sutec remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mine inspection system.[2]

The navigation equipment installed in Kingston-class vessels are a Kelvin Hughes I-band navigation radar and a global positioning system. The surface search radar is the E to F-band Kelvin Hughes 6000.[2]


The ship is equipped with four main Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines which are coupled to four alternators (600 V AC). Two Jeumont electric motors (±740 V DC) provide power to the two LIPS Z-drive azimuth thrusters which are fitted with fixed-pitch reversing propellers. The propulsion system provides 15 knots (28 km/h) maximum continuous speed. The range at the economical cruising speed of 9 knots (17 km/h) using two engines is 5,000 nautical miles (9,000 km) with a 20% margin in tank capacity. Mechanical minesweeping is carried out at 8 knots (15 km/h). The crash stop length is five ship lengths from a speed of 15 knots (28 km/h).[2]

Service history[edit]

In August 2011, Moncton deployed to the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Nanook.[4] In February 2015, Moncton deployed to the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbe, Canada's contribution to the war on drugs.[5]


  1. ^ "Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships - HMCS Moncton". Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kingston Class Coastal Defence Vessels, Canada". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Saunders, Stephen (ed.) (2008). Jane's Fighting Ships 2008–2009. Jane's Fighting Ships (111th ed.). Surrey: Jane's Information Group. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-7106-2845-9. OCLC 225431774. 
  4. ^ "HMCS Summerside to join U.S. Coast Guard in annual Arctic mission". The Guardian. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Pugliese, David (2 March 2015). "Four Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels on patrol on OP Caribbe". Defence Watch (Ottawa Citizen). Retrieved 3 March 2015. 

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