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NR 12.065 - April 22, 2012
OTTAWA - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown is deploying to the Arabian Sea region, joining Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to conduct maritime security operations. CTF 150, a multinational coalition fleet, was established in October 2001, in the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom. It conducts maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and in the Indian Ocean.
“In the coming week, our sailors aboard Charlottetown will work as part of a large international coalition that continues Canada's leadership in international security,” said Minister MacKay. "I’m proud of the service and accomplishments that the men and women of HMCS Charlottetown have achieved while deployed in support of Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean Sea. Their transition to the Arabian Sea region demonstrates Canada’s resolve to make a difference in the world. ”
“Our Royal Canadian Navy frigate will contribute significantly to an important ongoing international maritime security operation,” said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
Canada has regularly contributed ships to CTF 150 since its inception. Most recently, HMCS Fredericton was deployed to the region under CTF 150 from October 2009 to April, 2010. Notably, from June to September of 2008, Canada commanded CTF 150.
HMCS Charlottetown has been supporting Operation Active Endeavour, NATO’s counter-terrorism effort in the Mediterranean Sea, since late January. In that time she has travelled more than 13 000 nautical miles conducting maritime security operations and helping to set the conditions for security and stability at sea in the region.
HMCS Charlottetown is a Halifax class frigate, based in Halifax, N.S., with a crew of over 250 personnel which includes a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment. The frigate is commanded by Commander Wade Carter.
Notes to editor / news director:
For more information on CTF 150, please visit website: http://combinedmaritimeforces.com/ctf-150-maritime-security/
For imagery of HMCS Charlottetown, please visit the Task Force Charlottetown image gallery on the Canadian Forces Combat Camera website:
For more information about HMCS Charlottetown, please visit the ship’s pages on the Royal Canadian Navy website at: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/charlottetown/.