August 26, 2019 – Asterix has today arrived home in Halifax after a 502-day deployment involving a wide range of international naval exercises, real world operations and diplomatic visits throughout the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf.
Since Federal Fleet Service’s Combat Support Ship departed Halifax on the 11th April 2018, she has sailed 150,721 nautical miles – the equivalent of five times around the world.
During the deployment, Asterix completed 197 supply operations with 40 Canadian, NATO and allied warships from 12 different countries; supplying 30.8 million liters of ship’s fuel and over 530,000 liters of aircraft fuel.
Spencer Fraser, CEO of Federal Fleet Services commented, “The last year and half was the ultimate test for Asterix. Whether it was supporting the war against terrorism in the Arabian Sea as part of CTF150 or supporting the enforcement of sanctions on the Korean Peninsula, both the ship and its combined crew of Federal Fleet Services and Canadian Forces personnel performed flawlessly.”
Alex Vicefield, CEO of Inocea, the parent company of Federal Fleet Services and Davie Shipbuilding said, “We are proud of Asterix’s accomplishments over the past year and a half – it’s great to see her return after such a long deployment.”
In October, Asterix will sail to Davie Shipbuilding for a scheduled docking work period for routine preventative maintenance.