HMCS Halifax (FFH 330)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMCS Halifax.
HMCS Halifax (FFH 330) en route to Haiti 2010-01-18.jpg
HMCS Halifax en route to Haiti in January 2010 as part of Operation Hestia
Name: Halifax
Namesake: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Builder: Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John
Laid down: 19 March 1987
Launched: 30 April 1988
Commissioned: 29 June 1992
Refit: HCM/FELEX September 2010-September 2011
Homeport: CFB Halifax
Motto: Sior gaisgiel (ever brave)
Honours and
Atlantic 1942-45, Arabian Sea [1]
Fate: in active service, as of 2016
  • HMCS Halifax crest.jpg
  • Argent a kingfisher holding a trident in bend points upward Or.
General characteristics
Class & type: Halifax-class frigate
  • 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)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: 9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km)
Complement: 225 (including air detachment)
Aircraft carried: 1 × CH-124 Sea King

HMCS Halifax (FFH 330) is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Forces since 1992.

Halifax, built at Saint John Shipbuilding in Saint John, New Brunswick, is the lead ship in her class which is the name for the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project. She is the second vessel to carry the designation HMCS Halifax. She carries the hull classification symbol 330.

She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax in her namesake city, Halifax, a name that was also borne by HMCS Halifax (K237), a Flower-class corvette during the Second World War as well as the very first warship built in Halifax, HMS Halifax (1768).[2]


Halifax serves on RCN missions protecting Canada's sovereignty in the Atlantic Ocean and enforcing Canadian laws in its territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone.

The frigate has also been deployed on missions throughout the Atlantic and to the Indian Ocean; specifically the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea on anti-terrorism operations.

Halifax 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).

On 13 January 2010, as part of Operation Hestia, it was announced that Halifax would be deployed to the waters around Haiti to assist in relief efforts after the January 2010 earthquake, along with HMCS Athabaskan. Specifically Halifax was to be deployed outside the area of Jacmel, which was slow to receive aid due to the fact the roads were cut off and the airport was too small to handle large aircraft.[3] Halifax provided air traffic control for Jacmel Airport on the ship.[4] On 4 September 2010, Halifax was turned over to Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax Shipyards, to start an 18 month mid-life upgrading and modernization.

Halifax participated in the acceptance trials of the new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters acquired for the Royal Canadian Navy.[5] In September 2015, Halifax, along with Athabaskan, were deployed for two large NATO training missions, Joint Warrior and Trident Juncture.[6]


  • 19 March 1987: laid down at Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John
  • 3 April 1988: launched
  • 29 June 1992: commissioned
  • 1998: Halifax assisted in the recovery operation following the crash of Swissair Flight 111.
  • 8 October 2001: diverted for combat operations
  • 13 January 2010: Ship prepares to deploy to Haiti for earthquake disaster relief
  • 14 January 2010: Ship Sails from CFB Halifax en route to Haiti along with HMCS Athabaskan for humanitarian Operation Hestia[7]
  • 18 January 2010: Ship arrives off Jacmel[8]
  • 19 February 2010: Ship leaves Jacmel, headed for home.[9]
  • September 2010: first Mid-Life Refit scheduled, approximately 12 months in duration
  • 4 September 2010: Halifax was turned over to Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott, to start an 18 month mid-life upgrading and modernization

Lineage - Halifax[edit]

First of Name HMCS Halifax (K237) Corvette, Revised Flower Class Commissioned 26 November 1941 Paid off 12 July 1945[10]

Second of Name This is the current ship with the name Halifax


  1. ^ "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Prime Minister of Canada. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Kenchington, Trevor (April 1993), "The Navy's First Halifax", Argonauta (Canadian Nautical Research Society) X (2), pp. 8–11 
  3. ^ "Canadian Forces head to port town of Jacmel". CBC News. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Romandie (20 January 2010). "Haïti : le Canada va rouvrir l'aéroport de Jacmel". AFP (in French). Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Pugliese, David (12 July 2015). "Cyclone helicopter sea trials – 322 landings and takeoffs from HMCS Halifax". Defence Watch (Ottawa Citizen). Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "HMCS Halifax, Athabaskan depart for NATO exercises". CBC News. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Navy ships leave Halifax for Haiti". CBC News. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jacmel entre les mains de l'EICC". Radio-Canada (in French). Presse canadienne. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Canadian death toll in Haiti set to jump". Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Volume 2: Extant Commissioned Ships - HMCS Halifax". Official Lineages. National Defence and the Canadian Forces. 

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