A Royal Canadian Navy warship has arrived in Plymouth Sound. HMCS Halifax, which is 134m long and weighs up to 5,000 tonnes, arrived in Plymouth today (April 8)
She was previously stationed off Nova Scotia. But headed out and arrived in Ocean City.
The ship is currently assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and her namesake homeport of Haifax, Nova Scotia. The frigate, which was launched in 1988, was built to deploy Sea King helicopters and destroy submarines.
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Photos taken by Kevin Kelway show the ship looking spectacular in Plymouth Sound. He said: “Canadian sailors tending to the rails ran HMCS Halifax past Plymouth Hoe this morning in Devonport.”
The vessel has a top speed of 29 knots and a reported range of 7,000 nautical miles and a crew of 198. In October 2001, she was sent for combat operations in the Indian Ocean following the September 11 attacks on the United States and was the first Canadian ship in service.
She arrived in Plymouth around 8am today. It was the start of a busy day for the Sound.
SercoGroup’s SD Northern River and the largest vessel operated by Serco Marine Services was also pictured en route to Devonport today by Kevin.
On Wednesday April 6, the US Navy ship USNS Robert E Peary sailed to Devonport, with photographs capturing the sight of the huge ship. Residents were impressed with the 210m vessel, which can weigh up to 40,000 tons.
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