Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 12, 2008 16:49 ET

HMCS Ville de Quebec Returns to Her Home Port

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2008) - Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ville de Quebec will return to her home port of Halifax just in time for the holidays after completing a very successful mission in the Mediterranean Sea with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and an anti-piracy escort mission in the Indian Ocean with the World Food Program (WFP).

On July 17, 2008 HMCS Ville de Quebec deployed on Operation SEXTANT, Canada's maritime contribution to SNMG1, which supports the NATO Response Force. She was deployed to participate with the NATO fleet in a series of naval exercises to maintain a high degree of readiness capability should SNMG1 be tasked to engage in directed operations.

In early August 2008, the Government of Canada responded to the United Nations call, on behalf of the WFP, by reassigning HMCS Ville de Quebec to escort duties in the Indian Ocean. Under Ville de Quebec's protection against acts of piracy, WFP ships were able to deliver over 36,000 tonnes of food - enough to feed about 400,000 Somali people for six months.

"The Government of Canada was proud to have the ability to respond on short notice to the request from the UN to provide security, while ensuring the safe arrival of critical food supplies to those in need," said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "These brave men and women of our Canadian Forces helped showcase Canada as an active player and generous nation on the world stage."

Rejoining the SNMG1 fleet in early November, Ville de Quebec found herself engaged with Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, the NATO anti-terrorism operation in the Mediterranean. The Canadian warship monitored shipping, escorted commercial and private vessels, and took part in activities designed to detect, deter and defend against terrorist activity.

"This was one of the most challenging deployments in quite some time for us, and very rewarding at the same time," said Commander Chris Dickinson, commanding officer of HMCS Ville de Quebec. "Canadians have good reasons to be proud that the Government of Canada and the Canadian Forces are supporting these types of missions abroad."

With a crew of approximately 250 officers and non-commissioned members, HMCS Ville de Quebec along with her CH-124 Sea King helicopter from 12 Wing Shearwater, form a highly ready and technologically advanced warship. The ship, helicopter and crew are capable of performing a variety of missions worldwide.

Notes for news and assignment editors:

For more information on Operation SEXTANT and other Canadian Forces missions around the world, visit

For information on SNMG1, visit:

For information about the World Food Programme, visit

For still and video imagery of Canadian naval vessels at work, visit

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