USS DeWert Paid A Visit

The US Navy Warship USS DeWert Paid a brief visit to Halifax Yesterday. She had Embarked on a Summer Great Lakes Tour with HMCS Ville De Quebec and USS Huricane.

She appears to have departed early, skipping the Final Canadian Stops. The Tour is Expected to End October 3 when the Ville De Quebec (And presumabley USS Huricane) return to Halifax.


USS Fort Worth LCS-3

USS Fort Worth arrived this morning and is tied up at “Navy B”, She was built in Wisconsen, and is headed to Texas to be Commissioned.

Update Aug 20:
She is scheduled to Depart at 1500 today.

UPDATE 2: She Failed to Sail as Scheduled. Tim Colton at Maritime Memo’s reports “The word is that LCS 3’s main propulsion diesels are out of action and she’s running on her gas turbines”

Her Stay in Halifax may have been extended due to the propulsion problems.


And Their Off – Navy Great Lakes Tour

HMCS Ville De Quebec, USS De Wert and USS Hurricane departed this morning for a 10 week great lakes Tour. HMCS Moncton and HMCS Summerside will also be in the Lakes this Summer, and will appear at a few dates. The Ships will return to Halifax in October, where they ill likely be open to the public.

From the Press Release:
HMCS Ville de Quebec will visit the following cities during the deployment:

--  Quebec City, Quebec, July 26 - 30; 
-- Montreal, Quebec, July 30 - August 3;
-- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 8 - 13;
-- Thunder Bay, Ontario, August 15 - 20;
-- Toledo, Ohio, August 23 - 27;
-- Toronto, Ontario, Aug ust 29 - September 3;
-- Windsor, Ontario, September 5 - 10;
-- Buffalo, New York, September 11 - 17;
-- Hamilton, Ontario, September 18 - 21;
-- Oshawa, Ontario, September 21 - 24;
-- Cornwall, Ontario, September 25 - 27;
-- Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, September 28 - October 1;
-- Sept-Iles, Quebec, October 2 - 5; and
-- Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 9.

HMC Ships Moncton and Summerside will visit the following cities during the deployment:

--  Chicago, Illinois, August 15 - 20; and 
-- Cleveland, Ohio, August 28 - September 2.


US Navy Visitors

Yesterday saw the arrival of the USS De Wert (Above, An Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate) and USS Hurricane (A Coastal Patrol Boat), who will be embarking on a great lakes tour with HMCS Ville de Quebec. USS Scranton, A Los Angeles Class Submarine also Arrived, and Tied up a Shearwater.


Weekend Visitors

Tall Ship Gazellia Primero Arrives  Wednesday the 18th  at 1300 expect Pride of Baltimore II and Bounty to follow that evening.

The French Navy Tug Malabar (A664) is due Thursday(19) morning, as is the US Coast Guard tall Ship
USCGC Eagle.

The USS De Wert and USS Hurricane are due 0800 Friday(July 20th)

The is also a Foreign Naval vessel  USS Scranton is due Saturday- Its a submarine, so shes going to Shearwater


US Navy Visit – July 20th

War of 1812 Commemorations, and Tallships Events will coincide  with a US Navy Visit.
The USS De Wert, a U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is one of a flotilla of U.S. and Canadian ships that will be touring the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System this summer from July 20 through September 21 in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  In addition to the USS De Wert the ships scheduled to participate in the tour include the coastal patrol boat USS Hurricane, and the Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec.

The Tour kicks off July 20th in Halifax, and then heads to quebec, and around the Great Lakes.


USNS Grapple Update

USNS Grapple paid a visit to Halifax earlier this month. When She left, she gave a “random” (ie not a major port) destination in Quebec. It now appears that she was tasked with the recovery of remains of the aircrew of a PBY 5A Catalina Aircraft which went down in November 1942 off the coast of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Parks Canada Discovered the aircraft in 2009. You can read more about the Recvoery at PC.GC.CA

One of the primary roles for Catalina Aircraft (And the Canadian version, the Canso) was anti-submarine warfare. the PBY was likely patroling the Gulf of St Lawerence when it went down.

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