Sarah Petrescu / Times Colonist
January 7, 2014
Couples locked lips and children clung to homemade goodbye signs as the Naden band played and dignitaries paid their respects to the crew of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Monday.
The Halifax-class frigate set sail mid-morning on an eight-month mission to Hawaii, southwest Asia and the Arabian Sea, where it will replace HMCS Toronto in the maritime security and counterterrorism Operation ARTEMIS. On Dec. 18, HMCS Toronto executed the biggest heroin seizure in Canadian Armed Forces history when it intercepted a 538-kilogram shipment of heroin off the east coast of Africa.
HMCS Regina will continue to search for and intercept illicit drugs, offer security for humanitarian and trade ships, and serve as Canada’s diplomatic ambassador at sea.
Canada’s top military commander was in Victoria to wish the 260-member crew well and herald their efforts in preparing HMCS Regina, which returned from its last mission only nine months ago....
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