Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Kingston, HMCS Summerside Arrives in Madeira, Portugal

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Kingston-class coastal defence vessels  HMCS Kingston (MM 700) and HMCS Summerside (MM 711)  arrived in Madeira, an autonomous region/ archipelago of Portugal off the northwest coast of Africa, last week.

The vessels took part in the American-led multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express.

Exercise Obangame Express 2018 (OE18), which is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit activity. The vessels also conducted community and humanitarian-minded port visits to nations including Ghana, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Senegal, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

The warships departed Halifax on January 26, 2018 under the Navy’s Operation PROJECTION and is currently undertaking a three-month deployment in the Gulf of Guinea region in West Africa.

HMCS Kingston (MM 700)

HMCS Kingston is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1996.

Kingston is the lead ship of her class which is the name for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project. She is the first vessel to use the designation HMCS Kingston.

Kingston was laid down on 12 December 1994 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia and was launched on 12 August 1995. The first ship to be constructed at Halifax in 32 years, Kingston was commissioned into the Canadian Forces at Kingston, Ontario on 21 September 1996.

She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax.

HMCS Summerside (MM 711)

HMCS Summerside is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1999.

Summerside is the twelfth ship of her class which is the name for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project. She is the second vessel to use the designation HMCS Summerside.

Summerside was laid down on 28 March 1998 by Halifax Shipyards Ltd. at Halifax, Nova Scotia and was launched on 25 September 1998. She was commissioned into the Canadian Forces on 18 July 1999 at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax.



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