HMCS Montreal arrives at Halifax Shipyard for docking work period

August 14, 2018 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal, arrived at Halifax Shipyard yesterday for a 53-week docking work period (DWP) that includes routine maintenance and upgrades to ensure the ships longevity. More than 400 Halifax Shipyard employees will work on HMCS Montreal DWP, including apprentice and journeyperson crane operators, electricians, engine fitters, ironworkers, joiners/stagers, labourers, material handlers, pipefitters, riggers, and welders, who are members of Unifor Local 1. HMCS Montreal is the third consecutive Halifax-class frigate from the Navy’s east coast fleet…

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Two Halifax Sailors Arrested on Narcotics Charges

August 17, 2018 – Two sailors in Halifax have been arrested and face pending charges of Importing a Controlled Substance following an investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) and the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) Unit. On July 18, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m., CFNIS and Nova Scotia RCMP FSOC observed Leading Seaman Maxime Mercier, a 27-year-old man from Halifax, take possession of the package of drugs when it was delivered to a home on Mascarene Drive at Canadian…

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Sikorsky & DND Receive AHS International Award for Successful CH-148 Shipboard Tests

AHS International has recognized Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for “conducting an extraordinary international effort” to demonstrate flight and shipboard operation of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter from a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. The award cites successful expansion of the flight envelop to Sea State 6 conditions, where waves reached a height of six meters (20 feet) with winds up to 55 knots (100 km/hour or 63 mph). On May 16, 2018, representatives from the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (CMHP) Combined Test Force accepted the…

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HMCS Montreal in NATO Missile Exercise

By Lt Linda Coleman RCN It’s early October in the North Atlantic off the coast of Scotland. A NATO Maritime Task Group consisting of eight nations is operating in consort. As Canadians back home are celebrating Thanksgiving, tensions are high in the Operations Room of HMCS Montreal. The ship is under imminent threat as a fictitious enemy nation has fired a ballistic missile and anti-ship missiles in their direction. The NATO Maritime Task Group is there to take all enemy missiles out. Naval Combat Information Operator: “Pop-up! Bearing 1-5-8, range…

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Formidable Shield 2017 Concludes with Ship Engaging Supersonic Target

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a successful live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a supersonic target Oct. 17. This concludes exercise Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17), which began Sept. 24. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) conducted Formidable Shield on behalf of the U.S. 6th Fleet. During the collective self-defense scenario, the Netherlands frigate HNLMS Tromp (F803) fired a Standard Missile (SM) 2 and an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) against the supersonic…

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HMCS Montreal Brief European Deployment

HMCS Montreal has arrived in Western Europe to participate in Neptune Trident 17-02 ‎which will include participation in FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17—a U.S.-led, joint NATO live fire Integrated Air Missile Defence exercise involving eight nations, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In conjunction with NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-02 and FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17, Montreal will also participate in JOINT WARRIOR 17-2, a bi-annual United Kingdom-led multinational exercise that will involve over 22 warships, numerous aircraft, marines, and troops. Montreal will also continue its experimentation activities…

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