Canada — HMCS Regina departs for the Arabian Sea region

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Her Majesty’s Cana­di­an Ship (HMCS) Regi­na departs Esquimalt today at 11 a.m. for the Ara­bi­an Sea region. HMCS Regi­na will replace HMCS Char­lot­te­town on Oper­a­tion Artemis, Canada’s con­tri­bu­tion to Com­bined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to con­duct mar­itime secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions in the Ara­bi­an Sea region.

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HMCS Regina’s deploy­ment to the Ara­bi­an Sea demon­strates the stead­fast com­mit­ment of Cana­da to inter­na­tion­al mar­itime secu­ri­ty,” said the Hon­ourable Peter MacK­ay, Min­is­ter of Nation­al Defence. “Our sailors have done excel­lent work pro­mot­ing peace and secu­ri­ty in the region’s waters. I have every con­fi­dence that the men and women of HMCS Regi­na will con­tin­ue to project the best of Cana­di­an lead­er­ship”

Rear-Admi­ral Bill Tru­elove, Com­man­der Mar­itime Forces Pacif­ic (Roy­al Cana­di­an Navy), received the salute after the ship sailed past the salut­ing dais at Duntze Head. “The men and women of HMCS Regi­na are high­ly-trained pro­fes­sion­als and are more than capa­ble to take on the chal­lenges that await them on their deploy­ment,” said Rear-Admi­ral Tru­elove, who became Com­man­der MARPAC on 4 June 2012.

HMCS Regi­na is a Hal­i­fax Class frigate with a crew of 225 per­son­nel, and has an embarked CH-124 Sea King Heli­copter detach­ment from 443 Mar­itime Heli­copter Squadron, the West Coast oper­a­tional Sea King squadron locat­ed in Patri­cia Bay, Vic­to­ria.

Oper­a­tion Artemi­sis the Cana­di­an Forces’ (CF) par­tic­i­pa­tion in mar­itime secu­ri­ty and counter-ter­ror­ism oper­a­tions in the Ara­bi­an Sea region with the multi­na­tion­al CTF 150. The deploy­ment of HMCS Regi­na to CTF 150 con­tributes sig­nif­i­cant­ly to an impor­tant ongo­ing inter­na­tion­al mar­itime secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion, and pro­vides the CF with the sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness required to rapid­ly respond to future crises as direct­ed by the Gov­ern­ment of Cana­da.

Depart­ment of Nation­al Defence, Cana­da