Easter Seals NS is a Non-profit Registered charity that provides services promoting mobility, inclusion, and independence for Nova Scotians with disabilities. These include employment programs, Summer Camps for Disabled Kids, Mobility Equipment assistance. They do good work.
Easter seals NS holds an annual Fundraising Event called the Drop Zone. In Exchange for raising Funds, Participants Repel down the side of the Third Tallest Building in Halifax. For the past 5 years, A co-worker of mine has been raising money for this Event. For the Past 2 years, We had an Office team, and I would Photograph them on the way down. (You can see last year’s photos Here https://www.flickr.com/photos/hfxshippingnews/albums/72157659020729886 )Easter seals has also used some of these photos on social media and in print to Promote the event. This year, the office team has retired, or been told that they can’t do it again by their wives. As a result, Ive been asked to join last minute.
Did I mention I don’t like Heights.
I’ve chosen to undertake a Small challenge in order to benefit those who face challenges every day of their lives. I’ve set a very modest fundraising goal of 250$. I would appreciate your support. You can donate at https://easterseals.akaraisin.com/Pledge/Participant/Home.aspx?seid=12291&mid=9&pid=2935142 A tax receipt will be issued for all donations of $15.00 or more.
To begin Operation Cutlass Fury, the participating forces performed a sailpast as they put to sea. The 2 supply ships sailed earlier this morning, and the 2 submarines at Shearwater are due to depart this afternoon. I missed the Lead Ship, A CPF. She was followed by USS BULKELEY
USS GONZALEZ (Above) and (below) HMS MONMOUTH
The French FREMM class frigate (above)FS LANGEUDOC is one of the Newest warships, where as the Canadian Tribal HMCS Athabaskan (below) is literally the oldest.
Joining the parade, but not part of the Exercises are Maritime Coastal defense Vessels Goose Bay (above) and Summerside (below)
Bringing up the Rear was HMCS Windsor. Also Notable was the New Cyclone overflying with 2 seakings.
(Above) HMS Monmouth is the 6th “Duke”-class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. she was commissioned in 1993.
(Below) FS Perle, is a Rubis Class Attack Submarine of the French Navy. She was launched in 1990, and is last of her class of 6. Notably she was considered with the British Trafalgar class in the late 80’s as a replacement for Canada’s Oberons. Also Note that her small size allowed her to be parked inside the dock at Shearwater, allowing the Larger USS Toledo to tie up on the other side.
More NATO warships are due tomorrow.
USS Toledo ties up at shearwater, marking the first time we have had 2 foreign submarines in port at once.
ESPS Pantino the Spanish replenishment ship is back, and is joined by the French FREMM frigate FS LANGEUDOC.
The Americans are also sending USS Bulkeley and USS Gonzalez both of whom are Arleigh Burke-class destroyers
Due this morning are Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth, French navy submarine FS Perle ( for shearwater) and green peace vessel Arctic Sunrise.
The naval vessels pick up there pilots at 8:30. Arctic sunrise at noon.
HMCS Preserver will be paid off in a ceremony on Friday, October 21, 2016. It was announced back in may that the ship would be paid off by the end of the year. She has been used as an alongside Fuel depot for the past year.
The date for the Paying off Ceremony was reveled in today’s Halifax council agenda as a request for a flypast.
One of the last from the Golden age of transatlantic Liner service, The Marco Polo was built as Aleksandr Pushkin in East Germany in 1964 for the Soviet Baltic Shipping Company. She ran transatlantic service until 1980.
Her visit to Halifax is part of a 29 day cruise beginning in Glasgow, sailing to Montreal, and returning to Liverpool.
The Picton Castle is back in its home port of Lunenburg. Sometime during her last trip she was painted black. I don’t know why, but i feel she was better looking in white. (photo below from last summer)
Atlantic Cartier has been waiting for parts since last week. She reportedly has a broken lifeboat. Once the repairs are complete, she will continue on the way.