HMCS Charlottetown concludes mission on Operation REASSURANCE

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Navy News / January 19, 2018

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown returned to Halifax on January 19, 2018 after a successful six-month deployment as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1).

HMCS Charlottetown joined SNMG1 in August 2017, sailing in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It participated in two major exercises: Exercise NORTHERN COAST 17 in the Baltic Sea and Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 17 in the Mediterranean Sea. These exercises further strengthened the allied nations’ abilities to combine international assets in order to effectively conduct combined maritime operations.

HMCS Charlottetown also supported NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN from September to December 2017. During this operation, the ship contributed to supporting a safe and secure environment for civilian vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea, with the goal of facilitating economic activities within the region. The ship hailed 82 vessels in support of the NATO operation.

“Working alongside ships from other NATO member countries, HMCS Charlottetown has contributed to NATO’s operational capabilities in the region and has represented the very best of the Royal Canadian Navy,” said Commander Nathan Decicco, Commanding Officer of HMCS Charlottetown. “HMCS Charlottetown’s officers and crew have worked tirelessly to enhance NATO’s forward-deployed presence, knowing that HMCS St. John’s will continue to achieve operational success under the NATO flag.”

HMCS Charlottetown was replaced by HMCS St. John’s on Operation REASSURANCE on January 18, 2018.

This was HMCS Charlottetown’s second rotation on Operation REASSURANCE; it was first deployed from June 2016 to January 2017.

Operation REASSURANCE refers to the Canadian Armed Forces’ activities in support of NATO assurance and deterrence measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.