26-Mar-2013 Source: RCAF
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina returned to Esquimalt, B.C., on March 14, following a successful eight-month deployment.
During the deployment, the ship’s crew conducted maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea region.
HMCS Regina deployed with a crew of 225 personnel, a shipboard unmanned aerial vehicle detachment, and a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, the West Coast operational Sea King squadron located in Patricia Bay, Victoria, B.C.
Family, friends and officials were on hand to welcome the ship home, including Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Associate Minister of Defence; Judith Guichon, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia; General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff; and Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force Pacific.
HMCS Regina left her home port of Esquimalt, B.C., on July 3, 2012, to replace HMCS Charlottetown on Operation Artemis, Canada’s contribution to Combined Task Force 150, the multinational flotilla conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Indian Ocean.
HMCS Toronto, also with an unmanned aerial vehicle detachment and a helicopter air detachment, replaced HMCS Regina on Operation Artemis.