USS Detroit sailed at noon, on her way to her new home port.
The latest US Navy Littoral Combat Ship is due for a port visit this afternoon. Expect her in the Harbour around 1:30.
this Variant of the LCS is built at the Marinette Shipyard in Wisconsin, and USS Detroit was commissioned in her Namesake city Oct 22. the Previous 3 freedom class ships have visited Halifax on there way to their home port, including LCS1 USS Freedom, LCS3 USS Fort Worth, and LCS5 USS Milwaukee. (The freedom class uses Odd numbers, the Independence class uses even)
photos to follow.
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.
The US Coastguard vessel Neah Bay is due in port this morning, tying up in the dockyard.
USCGC NEAH BAY (WTGB-105) is a 140 foot Bay-class Icebreaking Tug homeported in Cleveland, Ohio. Unit Missions include Icebreaking, Homeland Security Patrols, Light House Projects, Law Enforcement, and Public Affairs. The USCGC NEAH BAY serves throughout the entire Great Lakes system.
These ice breaking tugs have recently spent the summer on the east coast and return in the fall.
UPDATE may 15: added photo tied up t the dockyard.