FS Laplace Visits port.

Another French warship visit – FS LaPlace, a hydrographic survey ship is visiting Halifax. She was most recently taking part in new surveys of French Islands St Pierre and Miquelon. She also made an appearance at the Naval Rendezvous in Quebec City.


French Navy Port Visit – part of Exercise LION MISTRAL

This morning brought the arrival of 2 French Warships, La Fayette and Misteral.

(Above) FS La Fayette (F-710) is a Frigate, and launched in 1996, Making her a contemporary of the RCN’s Halifax Class. She was First of Class, and this type is also used by the Saudi Navy.

FS Misteral (L-9013) is an Amphibious assault ship, and lead ship of her class. She was commissioned in 2006. She features a landing craft dock, and Helicopter facilities.

DND Issued the Following Statement.

Approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Valcartier, Quebec will take part in Exercise LION MISTRAL alongside members of the French Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force from June 16-23, 2014, in Gaspé, Quebec. Following a visit to Halifax Harbour on June 16-17, 2014, The Mistral, a French warship, escorted by the frigate La Fayette, will proceed to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River to participate in Ex LION MISTRAL.

Canadian Army soldiers, primarily from the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (1 R22eR), will board The Mistral, the French amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier in Halifax on June 18. Canadian Army troops will conduct littoral operations, including running air-land operations and battle procedures, and establishing a helicopter landing site and a beachhead. Ex LION MISTRAL will also feature a humanitarian assistance air evacuation operation that will help train expeditionary forces to respond to humanitarian disasters;

Ex LION MISTRAL will culminate in two disembarkation operations on a Gaspé beach on June 20-21 marking the end of the amphibious exercise. In response to a request by the town of Gaspé, the members of the 1 R22eR will also be offering a static display of their vehicles and equipment on June 21. The Canadian Army’s participation will include ten Light Armoured Vehicles, one combat command post vehicle, and several logistics vehicles, to include an ambulance, a recovery vehicle, and a heavy transport vehicle. These Are currently on the pier outside HMCS Scotian. Also participating are 15 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, with three CH-146 Griffon helicopters from the 430 Tactical Aviation Helicopter Squadron based at Valcartier Garrison

 Ex LION MISTRAL is the first joint amphibious exercise between the Canadian Army and the French Navy.


Top 10 Warship Visits

Halifax is the Home to Canada’s East Coast Navy. As a result, We get lots of Warship Visits. Here are the Top 10, However you can see them all with the Visiting Ships Tag.

1. HMS Dauntless (D33)

2. USS New Mexico – After surfacing at the pole

3. USCGC Morro Bay USCG Icebreaking Tug.

4. USS Fort Worth LCS-3  the Second LCS of the Type. The First LCS USS Freedom also stopped by

5. HDMS Esbern Snare Danish Command Ship.

 6. PLAN Zheng He – First Chinese Vessel Visit for Halifax.

 7. HMS Scott – British Royal Navy Survey Vessel.

8.San Giusto Italian Amphibious Assault Ship

9. USS Wasp American Amphibious Assault Ship

10.HDMS Ejnar Mikkelson – Danish Arctic Patrol Vessel.


French Naval Survey Vessel FS Laplace to visit in July.

Reports are that the French Navy Hydrographic Survey Ship FS Laplace will be updating the Surveys around the French Islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. As prt of the voyage, there will be port visit in Halifax for July 1.

A member of the The Lapérouse class of Hydrographic survey ships,  The three ships in class were commissioned into the French Navy between 1988 – 1991.

A791 Lapérouse
A792 Borda
A793 Laplace

The French Naval/Coastguard presence in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is handled by Fulmar, (Second Post)who makes a regular July stop in Halifax, Usually for Canada Day, or the Start of RNSYS’s Halifax – Saint Pierre race.

Other recent French Naval Visits include stops by Destroyer FS Aquitaine; Tug Malabar;and Sail Training Vessels Belle Poule and Étoile;

USS New Mexico in for port visit.

The virginia class attack sub uss New Mexico arrived this afternoon and tied up at shearwater. The sub based in Grotten CT, recently spent some time under the arctic ice including surfacing through the ice at a temporary base.

You can video of the surfacing at http://youtu.be/vwkKv5OAXwI

These photos were provided by a reader. Thanks!


Departing and Arriving Visitors

Yesterday saw the Departure of the FGS Bonn from the dockyard. Today brought the arrival of USCGC Campbell. Campbell was last in Halifax back in Nov 2011. Us Budget constraints have reduced visits by US vessels in Recent years.

Approximately 900 personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force are participating in a major fleet exercise this week until March 14, 2014, off the Eastern seaboard. This exercise will also see the contribution of United States Coast Guard vessel, USCG Campbell, and the Federal German Ship (FGS) Bonn, a Berlin-class replenishment ship

Participating units from Canada are Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Ships Iroquois, Preserver, Ville de Quebec and Windsor, as well as a 14 Wing Greenwood CP-140 Aurora aircraft and a 12 Wing Shearwater CH-124 Sea King helicopter.  This specific exercise also aims to prepare HMCS Ville de Quebec to conduct pre-deployment training of a ship’s company in preparation for future naval deployments.

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