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.
Paying a visit for the Memorial Day weekend, the USS New Mexico arrived around noon and tied up at shearwater.
An american navy vessel usually stops in for the memorial day weekend to commemorate US Sailors buried on Deadmans island from the war of 1812.
Halifax today was visited by Dutch navy submarine HNLMS Bruinvis (S810). She Tied up at the the dockyard, just after 1pm. She is a diesel boat, as Nuclear subs tie up at Shearwater. The Last member of the Walrus Class, She is 222′ long, and was commissioned in July 1994
Photo above from @hillarywindsor via twitter.
The virginia class attack sub uss New Mexico arrived this afternoon and tied up at shearwater. The sub based in Grotten CT, recently spent some time under the arctic ice including surfacing through the ice at a temporary base.
You can video of the surfacing at http://youtu.be/vwkKv5OAXwI
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HMCS Windsor is being loaded on the dockyard synchrolift this morning. This work period is to repair/replace a faulty generator that was discovered during trials last fall.
The Times Colonist of Victoria is reporting that HMCS Chicoutimi will enter the water today after completing her refit.
She Departed Halifax in April 2009 for BC for repairs.
UPDATE: Photo Left via RCN – HMCS Chicoutimi rests on a floating dry dock in preparation for return to water, a significant milestone
Windsor in the Basin on Friday. She put to sea in early evening.
HMCS Windsor was spotted on trials in the basin this afternoon.
Photo from a reader via the Facebook page
DND Press release:
HMCS Windsor Returns to Sea
NR – 12.022 – December 14, 2012
OTTAWA – Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor returned to sea yesterday at Halifax, N.S., officially marking the completion of a deep maintenance cycle known as an Extended Docking Work Period.
“HMCS Windsor’s return to sea is a key milestone and her crew now embarks on another challenging journey as they focus on operations at sea,” said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I commend the outstanding efforts of Windsor’s crew, our Fleet Maintenance Facilities and of industry that have brought us to this point.”
“Over the next few months, Windsor will conduct additional crew training and trials on her path to high readiness,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. “This milestone builds on the achievements of HMCS Victoria and is another important step towards the Victoria-class Submarine Fleet achieving steady state.”
With the completion of the Extended Docking Work Period, HMCS Windsor will now conduct a series of sea trials, crew training and certifications to prepare for future operations, a process known as the Tiered Readiness Program. HMCS Windsor’s Tiered Readiness Program will closely resemble the one conducted by HMCS Victoria, the first Victoria-class Submarine to become operational and weapons certified to fire MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedoes.
The Victoria-class Submarine Fleet continues to progress towards steady state when three of four submarines will be available for operations. This will include a high readiness submarine available on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, HMCS Windsor and HMCS Victoria respectively, with a third submarine, HMCS Chicoutimi, available at standard readiness. HMCS Corner Brook will rotate into an Extended Docking Work Period in 2013. An Extended Docking Work Period provides the submarines’ 200-plus systems with the maintenance and upgrades needed to conduct operations on behalf of Canadians.
See http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=3979 for the current status of all 4 submarines.
(Above) Windsor coming off the Dock (Below) Turningoutside the camber
HMCS Windsor continued her trials today, and departed the dock. 2 weeks ago she completed diving tests just off the dock.