HMCS Vancouver crew back in Canada in time for the holidays
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Vancouver returned to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, BC today after a six-month deployment.
Since departing CFB Esquimalt in June 2016, HMCS Vancouver has operated extensively in the Pacific region. The warship participated in a variety of exercise opportunities, including RIMPAC and KAKADU, and visited several countries in the Asia-Pacific as part of WESTPLOY 16, according to the Royal Canadian Navy.
HMCS Vancouver has had a busy year. It helped with earthquake relief efforts in New Zealand and took part in a variety of exercises. Here are more details from the RCN:
RIMPAC, conducted from June 30 to August 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, involving 26 nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and over 25,000 personnel participating this year.
KAKADU, held from September 12-24, is a joint, biennial exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force, with the following 20 nations participating: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, United States of America, and Vietnam.
HMCS Vancouver also deployed earlier this year on SOUTHPLOY 16, an important strategic mission to Central and South America, strengthening ties with several nations including Peru, Chile and Mexico, and conducting several high intensity warfare training exercises with allied nations. During this deployment, HMCS Vancouver made history when it became the first modernized Canadian frigate to successfully test surface-to-surface missiles against a shore-based target.