2 naval ships return to Halifax after NATO mine-clearing exercise in Europe


Two naval ships returned to Halifax after 4 months at sea on Tuesday.

HMCS Kingston and HMCS Summerside, every carrying crews of 46, set sail in June to help NATO in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“They’ve been doing an important mission with the NATO standing maritime mine countermeasure group, the place they’ve labored with allies to deepen and ideal their potential to clear mines in the theatre of operations if required,” stated Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia.

“That’s a ability set … evidently essential now as we see the mines that have been laid in the Black Sea. So we all know that that risk exists, that it could possibly deny ships the power to function safely in the world.”

Santarpia stated each vessels have been a part of a small group receiving specialised coaching on discovering and disabling underwater mines, explosive units planted to destroy ships or submarines.

“It’s a kind of ability set that takes actual observe. We use divers in order to discover these mines and we use distant sonar tools off the ships to truly do it,” he stated.

Second World War mines

During these practices, Santarpia stated divers discovered mines that have been laid throughout the Second World War.

“So off the coast of Europe, there are nonetheless mines in the world and our group went and located one off the coast of France the place the divers truly went down, set the cost and and detonated a mine,” he stated.

HMCS Kingston arriving in Halifax on Tuesday after crossing the Atlantic Ocean. (Héloïse Rodriguez-Qizilbash/Radio-Canada)

Welcoming family members residence

Karl Toulouse was a part of the group ready to welcome again family members. He was ready for his son, Jonathan, and stated they deliberate to have fun with pizza.

“We’re very grateful he is coming again completely satisfied and wholesome,” Toulouse stated. “And he is fairly anxious to be residence and we’re fortunate that he is had the chance to see Europe on this present deployment.”

Executive officer investigation

In early October, the Canadian Armed Forces introduced an govt officer on HMCS Kingston was dismissed from her duties on a coastal defence vessel after allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour throughout a port go to in Portugal.

The Department of National Defence stated the incident occurred in late September. The identify of the manager officer has not been made public. The allegations haven’t been examined and as of a month in the past, the investigation was nonetheless underway.


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