With 5 blasts of the horn, HMCS Toronto slipped her lines and backed away from jetty NB. She passed the stern of the Iroquois where she recived a salute from Vice Admiral Paul Maddison.
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the
following statement today on the deployment of Her Majesty's Canadian
Ship (HMCS) Toronto to the Arabian Sea region as part of Operation
Artemis, Canada's contribution to Combined Task Force 150.
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Toronto deploys to conduct maritime
security operations with a multinational coalition fleet in the Arabian
Sea region. These deployments continue our strong tradition of making
meaningful contributions to international security, and maintain our
long-standing relationship of cooperation and interoperability with our
"I want to thank the crew - Commander David Patchell,
Commanding Officer of HMCS Toronto, the 225 personnel aboard and the
CH-124 Sea King helicopter detachment - for their service, and wish them
all fair winds and following seas."
More on Operation Artemis can be found at http://www.cjoc.forces.gc.ca/exp/artemis/index-eng.asp