Media are invited to attend the departure ceremony for Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Halifax, as the ship’s company of 253 set sail for a six-month deployment to the North Atlantic and northern European waters as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) on Operation REASSURANCE, in support of NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.
This is HMCS Halifax’s third deployment on Operation REASSURANCE. The ship will join HMCS Montreal, which departed its homeport of Halifax, N.S. on January 19, 2022. The Royal Canadian Navy’s increased presence in Europe will bolster NATO’s capability in the area, and further demonstrate Canada’s commitment to promote security and stability in the region.
HMCS Halifax will deploy with an embedded Air Detachment, operating a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter from 12 Wing Shearwater. This marks the eighth Cyclone helicopter to conduct flight operations as part of Op REASSURANCE.
WHEN: March 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (AST)
WHERE: NB Jetty, Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax
In attendance will be The Honourable Anita Anand, P.C., M.P. Minister of National Defence; Chief of the Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre; and, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, Rear-Admiral Brian Santarpia. Commander Dale St. Croix, Commanding Officer of HMCS Halifax, and Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, Rear-Admiral Brian Santarpia, will be available for questions following remarks, with physical distancing measures in place.
No members of the ship’s company will be available for interviews as they will be isolating immediately prior to the departure.»Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Halifax deploys on Operation REASSURANCE«