Close Encounters During Operation NEON

by Matthew Fisher June 25, 2019 – A pair of frontline Chinese Su-30 fighter jets buzzed HMCS Regina Monday in the East China Sea, in international waters east of Shanghai. The formidable twin-tail Russian-built strike aircraft flew within 300 metres of the Canadian ship’s bow, screaming past about 300 metres above the water. It was the first such close encounter between a Chinese warplane and a Royal Canadian Navy warship. It comes at a time of heightened tensions between China and Canada, triggered by Canada’s plan to hold an extradition…

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Regina & Asterix Join Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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Passage of Regina & Asterix Lauded by Taiwan

June 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – Regarding the “Canadian warships 2, which sailed through the Taiwan Strait on the 18th”, the Ministry of National Defense said today (19) that Canadian warships sailed freely through the Taiwan Strait, and the National Army used joint ISRs as required, and the whole process was strictly controlled. China’s surrounding sea and airspace dynamics, maintaining regional peace and stability, there is no abnormality during the period, please rest assured.

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Royal Canadian Navy’s ships visit Vietnam

June 10, 2019 (VNA) – The Royal Canadian Navy’s multi-role patrol frigate HMCS Regina and supply ship MV Asterix arrived at Cam Ranh port in the central province of Khanh Hoa on June 10, beginning a four-day visit to Vietnam. Talking to reporters after a welcome ceremony, Commander Jacob French, Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina, said Vietnam is a valuable partner of Canada in Southeast Asia. He said the current visit is a chance for his crewmembers to interact with the local community and for Canada to prove its partnership…

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Canada concludes maritime security and counter-terrorism mission

May 30, 2019 – Canada has concluded Operation Artemis, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters. The successful deployment saw HMCS Regina, along with its embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter and Naval Tactical Operations Group enhanced boarding team seize and destroy 9,155 kg of illegal narcotics, worth just over $4.7 million (USD) regional wholesale value. Additional CAF assets that participated in Operation Artemis this year included Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix, and a CP-140 Aurora aircraft. The units were…

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RCN Ships to make first ever port call at Cam Ranh Bay

May 24, 2019 – Canadian naval vessels are expected to visit Cam Ranh military base in central Vietnam for the first time ever on June 10. Two vessels, the frigate HMCS Regina and supply ship Asterix, will dock at Cam Ranh deep-water naval base. According to the foreign affairs department of Khanh Hoa Province, home to Cam Ranh, the ships will visit for four days as part of the Canadian Navy’s exchange program with their counterparts in the Asia-Pacific. The visiting crews will play sports with Vietnamese naval officers, visit…

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Royal Canadian Navy Trains with Charles de Gaulle Strike Group

By Lt Linda Coleman RCN April 29, 2019 – On April 23, HMCS Regina conducted a cooperative deployment with  Task Force (TF) 473, a Carrier Strike Group with nuclear-powered French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The cooperation took place in the Arabian Sea with the goal of enhancing interoperability and improving communications. The day started with an Air Defence Exercise (ADEX), which saw French Navy Rafale M Fighter jets take off from Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier to conduct maneuvers over Regina. As the jets flew over the warship…

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Federal Fleet Services Sponsored the Naval Support Ships Conference in London

From 19 – 21 February Federal Fleet Services sponsored the international Naval Support Ships conference in London, UK. Spencer Fraser, CEO of Federal Fleet Services was provided the chance to brief world navies on the success of Canada’s Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship Asterix. There were several points made by global navies during the conference this week which should provide some serious food-for-thought for Canadian shipbuilding and naval operations: All current European replenishment ship construction programs at well-established military shipyards are estimating a minimum of 5-year construction times. Davie’s achievement in…

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HMCS Regina & MV Asterix Depart Esquimalt for CTF150

February 6, 2019 – HMCS Regina and MV Asterix departed Esquimalt today for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The ships will initially support Operation PROJECTION working with partner navies and conducting key leader engagements to enhance military cooperation and partnerships in support of Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. In March 2019, the ships will transition to Operations ARTEMIS, supporting the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is part of the Combined Maritime Force, which is a naval coalition of 33 partner…

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