USCG Dependable

USCG Dependable Arrived this morning for a visit, and tied up at NB4, leaving the dock in the way.
She is likely here to help commemorate the 50th Annivarsary of the Canadian Coast Guard which was formed on January 26th 1962.

The Canadian Coast Guard officially came into existence, when the Honourable Leon Balcer, Minister of Transport in the government of Mr. John Diefenbaker, rose in the House of Commons and announced that the government had decided that the Department of Transport fleet of ships would, in the future, be known as the Canadian Coast Guard.

Find out more at http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/50th_Anniversary


Another USCG Visit

USCGC Thunder Bay (WTGB 108) is due at the Pilot at 10001230.
She is A Bay Class (all class members are named for Bays) Icebreaking tug, based out of Rockland Maine. She arrived in fog, and Tied up at pier NB (AKA November Bravo, Navy B).

Mac, of Shipfax, informs me she will winter in the Great Lakes, providing Ice Breaking services.

Photos later today.


USCGC Campbell

USCGC Campbell (WMEC-909) is a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. She tied up at Pier Navy B4 this morning.

On Her transit of the inner harbour, It appears she had a keyed mike, as she was the only vessel that could be heard on VHF Ch12.

Welcome to Halifax, Enjoy your stay.


Icelandic Coast Guard Vesel ICGV Thor

The ICGV Thor Arrived in Halifax, Today, and tied up at Halterm. It is customary that visiting naval and coastguard vessels tie up at the Dockyard, so this is odd According to the Iceland Coastguard Website http://www.lhg.is)she was handed the Icelandic Coast Guard at a ceremony September 23rd at the Asmara Navy shipyard in Chile. The ship sailed off to Iceland on the 28th September and is expected to arrive in Iceland on the 26th of October.


Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vengeance at Shearwater

HMS Vengeance, A Royal Navy Vanguard Class Ballistic Missile sub arrived and tied up at Shearwater this morning. The class includes four boats, which are the: Vanguard; Victorious; Vigilant; and Vengeance, all built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering between 1986 and 1999.[2] All four boats are based at HM Naval Base Clyde, near Glasgow Scotland.

Hopefully Better photos on her departure.


Unusual Ship at Anchor

The SS Wright (T-AVB-3) is currently in the outer harbour anchorage. She is a Aviation Logistics Support Ships built for the United States Navy in 1968. Despite Being in the ready reserve, she appeared to be conducting Flying operations, which may explain why she is anchored more to the west then normal.

Wikipedia tells us that She is

The lead ship of her class of two, she was originally laid down 1 June 1968 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi as SS Mormacsun, a Maritime Commission type (C5-S-78) Ro-Ro vessel under Maritime Administration contract (MA 224) for Moore-McCormack Lines. Launched 1 July 1969, she was delivered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) 1 February 1970 and subsequently renamed SS Young America (date unknown). Again renamed SS Wright (T-AVB-3) on 14 May 1986, the ship was assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF), MSC PM-5 Sealift Program Office, Logistics Prepositioning Force.

Wright provides support for Marine Corps helicopters and is maintained in reduced status ROS-5 (five day reactivation status) at Baltimore, Maryland.

Photo to follow (hopefully)


More Coast Guard Visitors.

Commissioned by The French Government in October 1997 for Fisheries Patrol off St. Pierre and Miquelon, PSP Fulmar was perfectly suited for the task, as she started he life as F/V Jonathan Dunkirk a fishing vessel Built in 1991.

She is Tied up at the Maritime Museum Wharf, and will be open for guided tours, Saturday and Sunday between 1400 and 1700.

To see her in her former life – See http://www.bateaux-fecamp.fr/article-fulmar-p-740-64559475.html and Scroll to the bottom of the page.


Another USCG Visit

After Last weekends visit of USCGC Jefferson Island (WPB-1340) (Sorry for the lack of coverage, I was out of town) This weekend brings us a visit of USCGC Willow (WLB-202) a 225′ Juniper Class Sea-going Buoy Tender based out of Newport RI.
She arrived this morning, and is tying up at the dockyard.


Japanese Navy Departs

The Japanease Navy Departed this morning,
After Leaving the Dockyard, They formed up in the Basin, with HMCS Ville De Quebec Taking the Lead.

JS Kashima Followed

Crews from all vessels were on Deck to wave. Ville de Quebec seemed to be hosting a family day.

JS Asagiri was next

JS Mineyuki Brought up the rear

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