HMCS Moncton (MM 708)

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HMCS Moncton - IFR 2010.jpg
HMCS Moncton in Bedford Basin as part of International Fleet Review 2010
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]
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Kingston-class coastal defence vessel
Displacement: 970 long tons (990 t)
Length: 55.3 m (181 ft 5 in)
Beam: 11.3 m (37 ft 1 in)
Draught: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
  • 4 × Jeumont ANR-53-50 alternators, 4 × 600VAC Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines, 7.2 MW (9,700 hp)
  • 2 × Jeumont CI 560L motors, 3,000 hp (2,200 kW)
  • 2 × LIPS Z drive azimuth thrusters
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 8 kn (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Complement: 37
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Kelvin Hughes navigation radar (I-band)
  • Kelvin Hughes 6000 surface search radar (E-F band)
  • Global Positioning System
  • AN/SQS-511 towed side scan sonar
  • Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS)

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

Design and description[edit]

The Kingston class was designed to fill the minesweeper, coastal patrol and reserve training needs of the Canadian Forces, replacing the Bay-class minesweepers, Porte-class gate vessels and Royal Canadian Mounted Police coastal launches in those roles.[2] In order to perform these varied duties the 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] The seven module types available for embarkation include four route survey, two mechanical minesweeping and one bottom inspection modules.[2]

The Kingston class displace 970 long tons (990 t) and are 55.3 metres (181 ft 5 in) long overall with a beam 11.3 metres (37 ft 1 in) and a draught of 3.4 metres (11 ft 2 in).[2] The coastal defence vessels are powered by four Jeumont ANR-53-50 alternators coupled to four Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines creating 7.2 megawatts (9,700 hp). Two LIPS Z-drive azimuth thrusters are driven by two Jeumont CI 560L motors creating 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW) and the Z drives can be rotated 360°. This gives the ships a maximum speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) and a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph).[4]

The Kingston class is equipped with a Kelvin Hughes navigational radar using the I band and a Kelvin Hughes 6000 surface search radar scanning the E and F bands. The vessels carry an AN/SQS-511 towed side scan sonar for minesweeping and a Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS). The vessels are equipped with one Bofors 40 mm/60 calibre Mk 5C gun and two M2 machine guns.[4][a] The Kingston-class coastal defence vessels have a complement of 37.[2]

Service history[edit]

Moncton was laid down on 31 May 1997 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia and was launched on 5 December 1997. The ship was commissioned into the Canadian Forces on 12 July 1998 at Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick and carries the classification MM 708.[5]

In September 1998, Moncton was among the Canadian Forces ships that deployed off the coast of Nova Scotia after the crash of Swissair Flight 111. In 2000, the coastal defence vessel took part in the naval exercise Unified Spirit off the east coast and in 2001, sailed to participate in the NATO naval exercise Blue Game off Denmark and Norway with sister ship Goose Bay.[5]

In August 2011, Moncton deployed to the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Nanook.[6] In February 2015, Moncton deployed to the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbe, Canada's contribution to the war on drugs.[7]

In January 2016, Moncton, alongside sister ship Summerside, sailed for the Caribbean to take part in Operation Caribbe.[8] In August, the ship sailed with Shawinigan to the Arctic to take part in Operation Nanook.[9][10] During the operation, the ship visited Churchill, Manitoba and patrolled Hudson Bay.[11] Shawinigan and Moncton returned to Halifax on 30 September.[12] In February 2017, Summerside and Moncton deployed to the coast of West Africa in the Gulf of Guinea as part of the naval exercise Neptune Trident.[13] The two ships conducted missions against pirates and illegal fishing, along with making port visits to Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia and Ivory Coast.[14] During the deployment, Moncton took part in a joint training exercise with the Liberian Coast Guard.[15]



  1. ^ The 60 calibre denotes the length of the gun. This means that the length of the gun barrel is 60 times the bore diameter.


  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 Macpherson and Barrie, p. 299
  3. ^ Saunders (2008), p. 95
  4. ^ a b Saunders (2004), p. 92
  5. ^ a b Macpherson and Barrie, p. 302
  6. ^ "HMCS Summerside to join U.S. Coast Guard in annual Arctic mission". The Guardian. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Pugliese, David (2 March 2015). "Four Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels on patrol on OP Caribbe". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Brown, Rhonda (27 January 2016). "Halifax-based naval ships join fight against drug smugglers in Caribbean, Pacific Ocean". Global News. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "HMC Ships depart for Northern Operations". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Pugliese, David (11 August 2016). "Royal Canadian Navy sending HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Moncton to Arctic". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS Moncton pays visit to Port of Churchill". CBC News. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Two navy vessels return to Halifax from Arctic mission". Global News. The Canadian Press. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  13. ^ Jones, Colleen (18 February 2017). "HMCS Summerside crew to see Nova Scotia history in Sierra Leone". CBC News. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  14. ^ Dinshaw, Fram (31 March 2017). "CFB Halifax welcomes new CO". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Pugliese, David (12 April 2017). "Royal Canadian Navy wraps up African exercise – boarding teams trained". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 


  • Macpherson, Ken; Barrie, Ron (2002). The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910—2002 (Third ed.). St. Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing. ISBN 1-55125-072-1. 
  • Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2004). Jane's Fighting Ships 2004—2005 (107 ed.). Alexandria, Virginia: Jane's Information Group Inc. ISBN 0-7106-2623-1. 
  • Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2008). Jane's Fighting Ships 2008—2009. Jane's Fighting Ships (111th ed.). Surrey: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2845-9. OCLC 225431774. 

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