The RCN Kingston class coastal defence vessel HMCS Shawinigan returned to Halifax today, August 9 after working with US and Dutch authorities in Operation Caribe.
Over a 10 day period in mid-July Shawinigan participated in four small vessel interdictions in the Caribbean which resulted the seizure of 2800 kg of cocaine valued at $30 million. The drugs were landed and displayed to the public at Port Everglades, FL. Total haul for Operation Caribe was put at $1.6 billion.
There was no fanfare on the waterfront as Shawinigan returned home, with most bystanders unaware of the RCN's important role in policing the Caribbean. I trust that there was an appropriate reception at HMC Dockyard.