Canadian Warship On Anti-Piracy Duty In Indian Ocean
Kochi: A frigate belonging to the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Regina, made a brief call on this Indian port, before taking up its role in antipiracy operations in the Indian ocean. She will be part of a multi-nation naval group under the Combined Task Force-150 (CTF-150) with responsibility to carry out maritime security operations, counter-terrorism campaign in particular, over the seas connecting the Far East to Europe and the United States. HMCS Regina is slated to relieve HMCS Charlottetown on Operation Artemis, the Canadian component of CTF-150, which operates under the 26-nation Combined Maritime Force headquartered in Bahrain. Regina is first Canadian warship to dock at Kochi since 2005, HMCS Regina has a crew of 250 including an air detachment.
It left the port of Esquimalt in British Columbia on July 3 and would be on operational deployment in the region, especially around the Gulf of Oman, till January next.
Originally an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ship, HCMS Regina is now a multi-role platform. En route to Kochi, the ship called at Pearl Harbor; Guam, a US territory in the Western Pacific; and Singapore.
Regina seen at the South Indian port of Kochi
Short URL: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/?p=17107