Saturday brought the Arrival of 2 training ships. The First, The Italian Navy sail training vessel Amerigo Vespucci. Named after an Italian explorer the vessel is a full rigged three-masted steel hull 270.34 ft long, width of 15.5 m 51 ft. She has a draught of about seven metres (23 ft). She was built in 1930/31 and the design was inspired by the style of large late 18th century 74-cannon ships of the line. She is home-ported in La Spezia. I believe she was last in Halifax in 2000.
She will be open for tours at Pier 20 today 1600 – 1830 and 2030 to 2200, and tomorrow 1030-1200 and 1530-1700
The Second training Vessel is the TS State of Maine, which belongs to the Maine Maritime Academy. Built in 1990, she is the ex USNS Tanner (T-AGS-40) and was laid up following an engine room fire in 1993. In 1996 she began conversion to the training ship, and went on her first voyage in 1997. She is tied up at pier 23, and is not open to the public.
The us navy submarine USS Minnesota arrived Friday for the weekend. The US Navy traditionally sends a ship north for the Memorial Day weekend to commemorate American troops buried on dead and island from the war of 1812.
The boat is scheduled to sail tommorow morning
I wasen’t able to get out to see her arrive, but USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) arrived this morning. She tied up at NB, and took bunkers from the Algoma Dartmouth.
so I am unsure which vessel it is. It appears to be an USS Arleigh Burke is the first Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer. She was commissioned in 1991, and is home-ported in Norfolk. She is Scheduled to Sail this afternoon around 3pm
Updates will be posted as they become known at http://blog.halifaxshippingnews.ca/2017/05/visit-today-of-us-navy-vessel.html
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.
USCG Tahoma arrived Sunday for a port visit. She is scheduled to Sail on the 17th.