The City of Charlottetown wishes to thank the crew of the HMCS Charlottetown for their continued dedication and service. A crew of more than 200 people are currently working with NATO Allies and patrolling in the central Mediterranean Sea as part of "Operation Reassurance." This is an eight-month mission that is expected to be completed in February 2017.
"I want to thank HMCS Commanding Officer, Andrew Hingston, for sending a message about the status of the mission and sharing news that everyone on our namesake ship is well," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The continued dedication of the crew is incredible. We are proud of outstanding service in peacekeeping and security operations being completed overseas by these men and women. We are sending our well wishes from Charlottetown. Safe travels and safe return."
HMCS Charlottetown departed in June and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, conducting Mission Specific Training. They arrived in the Mediterranean and continued east toward the Black Sea, at which time entered a heightened state of readiness as they entered into the Straights of Istanbul. During the three weeks in the Black Sea, crews worked with Navies from Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States, with a focus on strengthening and developing common procedures for Maritime operations at sea and alongside.
In Constanta, Romania, HMCS Charlottetown served as a platform for Canadian diplomacy while a NATO reception was hosted on board. In Alexandria, crews worked alongside Special Forces from Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain and the United States in an exercise intended to enhance interoperability.
"On behalf of City Council, I also want to recognize the families of the crew of HMCS Charlottetown," Mayor Lee said. "It cannot be easy having a family member on an overseas mission, especially for such an extended time. We thank you for lending your strength and support as this important work is carried out. I’m sure many of the crew would say that you are the reason they are able to be in this line of work."
HMCS Charlottetown was commissioned in 1995 and awarded the Key to the City in 2015, which symbolizes the freedom of the Ships Company to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of all city residents. The HMCS Charlottetown is the tenth of twelve Canadian Patrol Frigates (CPF) to be delivered to the Canadian Navy. Boasting of a complex command and control system, combined with an impressive array of modern weaponry and sensors, HMCS Charlottetown is an advanced general purpose frigate.
Attached is a photo of HMCS Charlottetown, taken while it was operating in the Black Sea.
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