By Antoni Casinos
On August 6, 2018, the frigate of the Royal Navy of Canada HMCS Ville de Quebec with a numeral FFH-332 made its entrance to the port of Barcelona, on a courtesy visit. Practically without the assistance of the tugboats, the Canadian frigate with a displacement of about 5,000 tons, made alone the entrance to the port and berthing operations to the Barcelona Wharf east facing, next to the World Trade Center building, place where It will remain until August 10.
The frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec commanded by Scott Robinson departed on July 19 from its naval base in Halifax towards the Mediterranean Sea within the deployment that the Canadian armed forces activated in 2014 under the name of Operation Reassurance .
This Canadian military operation is intended to support the collective security of all NATO members, with the deployment of different military units by land, sea and air.
The frigate has been integrated into the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (Permanent Maritime Group of NATO 1, or SNMG1 for its initials), heading for the Baltic Sea.
In this deployment for the first time, the frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec embarked the new model of Sikorsky anti-submarine helicopter CH-148 Cyclone, a variant of the Sikorsky S-92, of which the Royal Navy of Canada plans to acquire 28 units to replace to the already veteran Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King.
The frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec belongs to the Canadian design and construction Halifax class, born from the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project . This program began in the mid-1970s to seek a replacement for the fleet of escort destroyers of the Annapolis, Mackenzie, Restigouche and St. Laurent classes, which would soon become obsolete.
A total of 12 units were built between 1987 and 1996, divided into four national shipyards. All ships are named after Canadian cities.
The frigates of the Halifax class were designed to perform multiple missions with special attention to antisubmarine tasks, for this reason they were equipped with Mk torpedoes. 46; two different types of sonar, one hull and another towed; antisubmarine defenses and ability to operate anti-submarine helicopters Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King.
He can also exercise air defense missions, both for himself and for the ships he escorts. It was originally equipped with the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles supported by the bivalent 57mm Bofors cannon. and a CIWS Phalanx system.
In 2010 all Halifax-class units underwent modernization works and among the biggest changes was the replacement of Sea Sparrow missiles by the ESSM.
The HMCS Ville de Quebec is the second warship of the Royal Navy of Canada to carry this name in honor of the Canadian city of Quebec on the east coast of the country. Not to be confused with the HMCS Quebec (formerly HMS Uganda).
Upon entering the active service he has participated in many national and international exercises, highlighting:
- 1995, deployment with the STANAVFORLANT (former name of SNMG 1 or Permanent Maritime Group of NATO 1) in 1995, participating in the naval blockade against Yugoslavia.
- 2005, was deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist and assist in the reconstruction of the area affected by Hurricane Katrina.
- In 2008, I participated in the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia.
- 2012, he made a cruise on the Great Lakes in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
- He is currently back home after successfully completing the mission entrusted to Operation Reassurance .
(after the modernization of 2010)
Class: Halifax or City
Shipyard Frigate : MIL Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon, Quebec, Canada.
Launching: May 16, 1991
High: July 14, 1994
Displacement: 5,032 tons. at full load
Dimensions: 134.2 x 16.5 x 7.1 meters.
Propulsion: CODOG System (COmbined Diesel Or Gas, or Combined Diesel or Gas), 1 SEMT diesel engine Pielstick of 8,800 shp. and 2 General Electric LM2500 gas turbines of 47,500 shp., two axes with a maximum speed of around 30 knots, and a range of 9,500 nautical miles.
Endowment: 225 between sailors, non-commissioned officers and officers.
Artillery: 1 Bofors 57 mm cannon. Mk. 3, 1 CIWS Phalanx 20 mm system. Mk. 15 mod. 21, 6 afustes for 12.7 mm machine guns.
Missiles: 2 vertical missile launchers (VLS) Mk. 48 with 8 cells per launcher for anti-aircraft missiles RIM-162 ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile), 2 quad launchers Mk. 141 for anti-ship RGM-84 Harpoon missiles.
Torpedoes: two double Mk pitchers. 32 mod. 9 integrated in the hull for antisubmarine torpedoes Mk. 46, with reserve for 24 torpedoes.
Electronics: Saab Sea Girafe HC 150 and Thales SMART-S Mk aerial and surface discovery radars. 2 3D; 2 Saab CEROS-200 shooting direction radars; 1 infrared signal finder system Thales SIRIUS IRST; 2 navigation radars Raytheon Pathfinder Mk. 2.
ESM systems: 1 Elisra NS9003A-V2HC system, TKWA / MASS decoy launcher, active anti-torpedo countermeasures SLQ-25 Nixie.
Sonar: SQS-510 helmet and towed SQR-19 CANTASS.
Aircraft: it has flight deck aft and hangar to operate with a helicopter of medium type Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King or Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone.