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HMCS Montreal On Trials

Having completed her FELEX refit, HMCS Montreal has spent the last few days on Workups. Montreal is the third Ship to go through the FELEX process, and was returned to the Dockyard back in September. She now Joins Halifax And Fredericton as being complete, and on to workups.

Montreal was used as the test vessel for the cyclone, so she likely carries the modifications for this Helo, as does Halifax. Fredericton retained the Seaking layout, though likely had the deck strengthened.

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French Naval Survey Vessel FS Laplace to visit in July.

Reports are that the French Navy Hydrographic Survey Ship FS Laplace will be updating the Surveys around the French Islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. As prt of the voyage, there will be port visit in Halifax for July 1.

A member of the The Lapérouse class of Hydrographic survey ships,  The three ships in class were commissioned into the French Navy between 1988 – 1991.

A791 Lapérouse
A792 Borda
A793 Laplace

The French Naval/Coastguard presence in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is handled by Fulmar, (Second Post)who makes a regular July stop in Halifax, Usually for Canada Day, or the Start of RNSYS’s Halifax – Saint Pierre race.

Other recent French Naval Visits include stops by Destroyer FS Aquitaine; Tug Malabar;and Sail Training Vessels Belle Poule and Étoile;
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HMCS Athabaskan Tow Report Released.

You Can find our Full Coverage of the HMCS Athabaskan Tow Here

The Canadian Press was able to get the May 2013 report into the tow issues with HMCS Athabaskan. I have not seen the report, so the info below is from the CP Piece. The report, obtained under access-to-information law, says the punctures require 18 square metres of steel to be replaced. Another 711 square metres of the ship needs fresh hull coating because the broken lines rubbed against the vessel, while rails, stanchions and a smashed sonar operator compartment window also have to be replaced, the report says.

the repairs would cost approximately $2 million.

The report says the Defence Department was invoiced about $546,000 by Atlantic Towing to complete the tow from Sydney, N.S., to Halifax, on top of the $707,000 the department has been billed for the initial leg of the journey by original Contract winner Group Ocean.

Investigators say the Ocean Delta,one of the two tugboats involved in the operation suddenly lost power in the Gulf of St. Lawrence between Sept-Iles, Que., and the Magdalen Islands on the morning of Dec. 26 when an air leak caused the clutch to disengage. The tug then spins around, striking the navy ship along one side while its fenders “burst as a result of the force exerted on them during the collision,” the report says.

On the 28ththe tow to Halifax resumed. Then, over a course of hours, four lines snap while the ship is about 10 kilometres off the rocky coast of Scatarie Island. The report says winds did not exceed 45 kilometres per hour and waves were between one to two metres at the time.

The first tow line snapped at 10 p.m. A search and rescue helicopter was deployed by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre to bring personnel onto the drifting ship to secure a new line, which was done early on the morning of Dec. 29.

That tow line snapped about five hours later, and then a mooring line was used to continue the tow. But that line also broke a few hours later, and another mooring line was attached.

On Dec. 30 at about 3:40 a.m., that line broke. A third mooring line was then attached to HMCS Athabaskan to return it to Sydney.

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DND Penelized after 2011 Fuel Spill from Preserver

DND was fined 1$ and mandated to donate $20,000 to the Coastal Research Network and $7,500 to the Environmental Damages Fund as punishment for a March 2011 Spill, while fueling at Imperial Oil. Aprox 14,000 litres of marine diesel fuel was discharged, but caused no damage to the shore or Wildlife.

A Technical investigation conducted by the military determined the spill was caused by a defective valve on the supply ship’s grey-water line, a waste discharge pipe that runs through the main fuel tank. Once the vessel’s fuel tank was loaded to the point that the valve on the waste discharge pipe was submerged, the diesel fuel flowed into that line through the valve and was discharged overboard.

The Preserver had just been returned to the navy from a work period at Halifax shipyard, where repairs were made to the valve assembly running through the tank.

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HMCS Iroquois Cracked.

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that HMCS Iroquois Suffered stress cracks in her superstructure, while on recent exercises, and as a result will be restricted in heavy seas. Engineers are still evaluating the damage, however if the damage is significant, This will likely lead to the decommissioning of the Iroquois.

At 42 years old, The 280 class Tribals were not intended to be upgraded to support the CH149 Cyclone Helicopter, leaving them lacking the ability to Carry the aircraft once it comes into service. It was widely expected that they would be retired around 2017, And several of the Halifax Class vessels received the Command and Control features the tribals possessed that the frigates lacked.

The HMCS HURON was decommissioned in 2005. If Iroquois is Decommissioned, their will be 1 tribal remaining per coast – Algonquin on the West, and Athabaskan on the East.

(File Photo Above)

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DRDC Barge Moved Last Night

Those of you who commute the Bedford highway may have noticed the DRDC barge was missing. She was towed last night back to the naval dockyard, as she is due for her 5 year maintenance period.

When the work period is over, she should be returned though I have heard rumors budget cuts may discontinue her service.

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Fire Aboard HMCS Protecteur

HMCS Protecteur was returning to its homeport of CFB Esquimalt, B.C., when at 10:20 p.m. Pacific Standard Time yesterday, HMCS Protecteur contacted the Regional Joint Operations Centre (RJOC), located at Maritime Pacific Headquarters (MARPAC) at CFB Esquimalt, B.C., to report a fire onboard the vessel. The fire was in the vessel’s engine room. Sailors onboard the warship put out the fire and crew members are managing the situation. Personnel sustained minor injuries but are safe and they are being treated on board.

Protecteur is presently located approximately 340 nautical miles (630 km) northeast of Pearl Harbour. The ship has limited power and a return to Pearl Harbour is expected. A full assessment of the situation is being conducted to establish the extent of the damage.

HMCS Protecteur was returning from operational duties in the mid-Pacific Ocean with 279 crew, 17 family members and two civilian contractors who joined the ship for the return transit. Having family members on board for the last part of a sail is a common practice with RCN ships returning from extended operations and exercises and one that family members appreciate.

 MARPAC personnel are in contact with U.S. Navy personnel at Third Fleet headquarters. The U.S. Navy has sent the destroyer USS Michael Murphy, to provide assistance to Protecteur.

(Photo Above Sister Ship HMCS Preserver)

UPDATE: Apparently the fire was major, and took a long time to bring under control. Protecteur is now Dead in the water and waiting on tugs to arrive to tow her back to Pearl harbour.

Update 03/01: The ship remains stopped 340 nautical miles North East of Hawaii. During the morning of March 1, United States Ship (USS) Chosin reached HMCS Protecteur and commenced transferring additional relief supplies to HMCS Protecteur using USS Chosin’s helicopter. A helicopter then began transferring family members who were on HMCS Protecteur to USS Michael Murphy, where they will sail safely to Pearl Harbour.


Over the next 24 hours it is anticipated that HMCS Protecteur will be taken under tow by the USS Chosin and start her transit back to Pearl Harbour. Once in Hawaii, efforts will commence to prepare Protecteur for her return to Esquimalt. We remain in very close contact with the Protecteur family members.

The Royal Canadian Navy is very appreciative of the tremendous support that has been provided by the USN and United Stated Coast Guard throughout this very difficult situation. It is yet another example of the strong relationship and interoperability that exists between our navies.

The 20 personnel on board HMCS Protecteur who received minor injuries
have been treated and most have returned to regular duties. The state of
their health continues to be monitored by the ship's medical staff. 
Yesterday at 3 p.m. PST, USS Michael Murphy arrived at HMCS Protecteur's
location and provided relief supplies including water. The USN warship
attempted to take Protecteur under tow but weather conditions,
specifically high winds, hampered those efforts. The Michael Murphy
remained on scene with HMCS Protecteur overnight.  Fleet Ocean tug USNS Sioux is also heading towards Protecteur to assist
in the towing operations if necessary. 
 HMCS Protecteur has limited electrical power and onboard systems are
being reactivated in a controlled manner. The ships company is well and
focused on recovery operations in the ship and rest. Ongoing medical and
support services are being provided to all onboard. 
There are reports of significant fire and heat damage to the ship's
engine room and considerable heat and smoke damage in surrounding
compartments. An extensive and detailed damage assessment will be
commenced once the ship arrives in Hawaii. An investigation into the
cause of the fire is also being initiated.
UPDATE: March 2
USN released imagery of the tow.

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FGS Bonn Arives for port Visit

 German Naval Supply Ship FGS Bonn Arrived this morning for a port visit. She spent the past few days circling outside the harbour. Bonn is of the base design for the new JSS to be built under the NSPS.

German Naval Supply Ship FGS Bonn is currently approaching the Pilot station
Expect her in town in about 45min.

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