The US Coast Guard Cutter James arrived around 2pm today. She is brand new, having just been commissioned on August 8 in Boston.
The 5th National Security Cutter, at 418′ in length they are similar in size to a Canadian Patrol Frigate. They also Use the same 57mm gun. The builder has proposed 2 frigate variants, so this may be a technology show for the Single Surface Combatant to be built under NSPS.
I believe she is the First National Security Cutter to Visit Halifax.
USCGC Campbell (WMEC-909) is a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. She arrived this morning for a visit, and tied up at the dockyard.
File Photo. It didn’t snow.
I missed the arrival this morning but some readers sent me photos. Thanks to Them both
Rumors are About that a US Navy vessel is due in port tomorrow. It reportedly has US and Canadian escorts, which suggests it might be an aircraft carrier…
The US Memorial Day weekend is coming up, so its not uncommon to Have US Visitors that weekend.
More as known.
update: U.S. Navy submarine is due tommorow around 9am. She is due to tie up at shearwater so we know it’s a nuclear powered vessel.
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 Danish warship HDMS Niels Juel arrived late yesterday afternoon for a visit. She is the third and final ship of the Iver Huitfeldt class of frigates that entered service with the Royal Danish Navy in 2012 and 2013.
Very similar in design to the Absalon class, these vessels are configured for Area Air Defense – a Role held by the Canadian Iroquois Class. Savings were achieved in design time and construction by re-using the basic design of the Absalon class.
Hopefully better non-phone photo to follow.
The US Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Arrived in Halifax this morning and tied up at the Navy dockyard.
typical of the USCG’s Medium Endurance Cutters, she was last here in 2010.
See Previous USCG Visits Here
SNMG-2 is Currently inbound. 5 vessels are due, roughly spaced 1 hour apart.
The First, USS Leyt Gulf took her pilot and should be in town in 40 minutes. (CG-55) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser. Commissioned in 1987, shes homeported in Norfolk.
She is Followed By the Lewis And Clark Class USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13). Classed as a Dry Cargo ship, she is New, having been accepted in april 2012.
The Third Vessel is the Cruiser USS Anzio. Also Ticonderoga Class, She was commissioned in 1992.
Next is the German Bremen Class frigate, F208 FGS Niedersachsen. Commissioned in 1982, this is her last cruise before she is Decommissioned.
The 4th Vessel is the Turkish Frigate TCG Kemalreis (F-247). She was commissioned in 2000, and built to a German design MEKO-200. variants of the design include the Anzac Class, and vessels used by Greece, Portugal and South Africa.
Photos to follow..
SNMG-2 is due in Halifax on the 31st. At last check, It was made up of
FGS Niedersachsen (FFG) (Germany)
HMCS Regina (FFH) (Canada)
TCG Kemalreis (FFG) (Turkey)
USS Leyte Gulf (CG)(American)
USS Leyte Gulf and FGS Niedersachsen are confirmed attendees from various sources.
Halifax may see a west coast frigate.
Stand by for more details.
The French navy patrol vessel based in St Pierre and Miquelon is in Halifax until the 8th. She is tied up at Tall Ships Quay, Between Bishops landing and NSP. We wrote a bit more about her on an earlier Visit.