Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Charlottetown dispatched to Libya

1. On June 29, 2010, HMCS Charlottetown is wreathed in smoke as she fires the salute to the Queen on board HMCS St.John's at the beginning of the International Fleet Review.

2. Charlottetown is dressed all over in preparation for the International Fleet Review.

HMCS Charlottetown sailed today in response to the crisis in Libya. Although orders are not clear at his point, she is headed for Malta to be ready in case needed for whatever international action my be taken. There is a small Canadian military presence in Malta related to aircraft, but no infrastructure. Charlottetown will provide command facilities, and may deliver aid or take part in a blockade or even in military action.

Her ceremonial sailing at 1000 was marred somewhat by her return to port later in the day, due to the discovery of an unwanted magnetic field. The ship went directly to the degausing range in Bedford Basin and as of 2030 this evening was still there.
She is expected in Malta in about a week.

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