Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 07, 2008 18:40 ET

DND: HMCS Charlottetown Assists Vessel off Coast of Somalia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2008) - Earlier today, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown provided assistance to a stranded vessel carrying five people in the Gulf of Aden, about 58 kilometers off the coast of Somalia.

Upon approaching the vessel as part of routine Maritime Security Operations, it became apparent to the crew of HMCS Charlottetown that the vessel had been stranded without food, water, and fuel. With the help of a translator, the crew of HMCS Charlottetown was able to determine that the vessel had been adrift in the Gulf of Aden for the last seven days with only a tarp rigged as a makeshift sail. HMCS Charlottetown provided food, water and fuel to ensure the vessel's voyage back to its intended destination, which was Bossaso, Somalia.

HMCS Charlottetown is currently deployed for six months on Operation ALTAIR, Canada's maritime contribution to the continuing U.S.-led campaign against terrorism known as Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On November 1, 2007, the Halifax-class patrol frigate departed Halifax, N.S., for the theatre of operations in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.


1. Media requesting to conduct interviews with members of HMCS Charlottetown should contact the National Defence Media Liaison Office, as follows:

Media located anywhere in Canada: 1-866-377-0811

Media located outside of Canada: 613-996-2353

After hours: 613-792-2973

2. Imagery of the assistance provided by HMCS Charlottetown will be posted on the Combat Camera website at:

3. For more information on Operation ALTAIR, visit:

Contact Information

  • Information: 613-996-2353/54
    After hours: 613-792-2973