HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339)
HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339)
|Namesake:||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island|
|Builder:||Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John|
|Laid down:||18 December 1993|
|Launched:||1 October 1994|
|Commissioned:||9 September 1995|
|Refit:||HCM/FELEX APR 2013-APR 2014|
|Motto:||"All Challenges Squarely Met"|
|Atlantic, 1942; Gulf of St. Lawrence, 1942,1944,Arabian Sea |
|Status:||Active in service|
|Badge:||A representation of Queen's Square in Charlottetown with the Coronation crown of Queen Charlotte in the centre and 4 other squares surrounding in black and white.|
|Class and type:||Halifax-class frigate|
|Displacement:||3,995 tonnes (light)
4,795 tonnes (operational)
5,032 tonnes (deep load)
|Length:||134.2 m (440 ft)|
|Beam:||16.5 m (54 ft)|
|Draught:||7.1 m (23 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 × LM2500 Gas turbines
1 × SEMT Pielstick Diesel engine
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Range:||9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km)|
|Complement:||225 (including air detachment)|
|Armament:||24 × Honeywell Mk 46 torpedoes
16 × Evolved Sea-Sparrow SAM
8 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
1 × 57 mm Bofors Mk2 gun
1 × 20 mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
6 × .50 Caliber machine guns
|Aircraft carried:||1 × CH-124 Sea King|
Charlottetown was laid down on 18 December 1993 at Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John and launched on 1 October 1994. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 9 September 1995 and carries the hull classification symbol 339.
Commanding officer: Cdr Rod Druggett
Executive Officer: LCdr Blair Brown
COXSWAIN: CPO1 Peter Lenihan
Charlottetown has also participated in several NATO missions, patrolling the Atlantic Ocean as part of Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) and its successor Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1).
Charlottetown departed Halifax on 8 January 2012 to join the NATO led mission Operation Active Endeavor. The mission is an anti-terrorism mission in the Mediterranean Sea. At the time of departure Commander Wade Carter said to the media that there were no plans for Charlottetown to intervene in the conflict in Syria.
Charlottetown worked in conjunction with an American carrier battle group led by USS Enterprise. The stated mission was to help restore peace, evacuate Canadian citizens in Libya and provide humanitarian relief.
On 18 March the Canadian government expanded the mission by announcing that HMCS Charlottetown, in addition to six CF-18 fighter aircraft and two CC-177s transport aircraft, would constitute Canada's contribution to the enforcement. of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, aimed to protect Libya's civilian population (Operation Mobile).
By 21 March, the CBC reported that Charlottetown was patrolling the waters off north Libya. Since then, Charlottetown has seen military action at least twice:
- On 12 May, the frigate engaged several small boats involved in an attack on the port city of Misrata.
- On 30 May, the frigate came under fire from a dozen BM-21 rockets while patrolling off the Libyan coast, but no damage or injuries were reported.
In July 2011, HMCS Vancouver relieved Charlottetown, which returned to Halifax.
Operation Active Endeavour
Maritime Security Operations
Charlottetown transited the Suez Canal on 23 April 2012 to join Combined Task Force 150, conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea. She returned to Halifax on 11 September 2012. During her service in the Arabian Sea a Boeing Insitu ScanEagle, which had been deployed from the ship, was lost due to engine failure. The navy later denied that it had been found by Iran, who had captured a ScanEagle drone around the same time.
Lineage - Charlottetown
Third of Name This is the current ship with the name Charlottetown
- "Official Lineages, Volume 2: Ships". National Defence and the Canadian Forces. 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Prime Minister of Canada. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "HMCS Charlottetown sails for Mediterranean". CBC News. 8 January 2012.
- "Canadian warship prepares for week-long voyage for Libyan coast". CBC. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- "Harper heads to Paris meeting on Libya". CBC. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
- "HMCS Charlottetown patrols off Libya". CBC News. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- "NATO ships thwart attack on Misrata harbour". North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "Libyan rockets fired at HMCS Charlottetown". CBC News. 2 June 2011.
- "HMCS Charlottetown sails for Mediterranean". CBC News. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- "Minister MacKay Announces HMCS Charlottetown Deploying to Arabian Sea Region". 22 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "Canadian navy loses drone in hostile waters: report". CBC News. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
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