Canadian warship departs for the Coast of Libya

08:52, July 11, 2011      

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A Canadian warship departed Esquimalt in British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday to take up station in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya.

The Halifax Class frigate Vancouver is assigned to replace frigate Charlottetown on Operation MOBILE to continue Canada's support of the NATO-led arms embargo against Libya in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, according to Canada's Ministry of National defense.

"As with HMCS (Her Majesty's Canadian Ship) Charlottetown before it, the deployment of HMCS Vancouver to the Mediterranean Sea demonstrates the steadfast commitment of Canada to protect the Libyan people from all threats of violence," said Canadian Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay in a press release.

"The men and women of the Canadian Forces have performed admirably, and I have complete faith in the crew of the Vancouver to perform equally well while serving on this NATO-led mission," the Canadian minister said.

Under the command of Commander Bradley Peats, Frigate Vancouver with 225 sailors and a CH-124 Sea King Helicopter detachment from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Patricia Bay will join Standing NATO Maritime Group one upon reaching Gibraltar next month.

Source: Xinhua
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