Canadian warships ends West African deployment

Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships HMCS Moncton and Goose Bay that participate in the multinational exercise Obangame Express 2022 in West Africa have now returned to their homeport of Halifax after a four-month deployment.

RCN’s HMCS Moncton and Goose Bay are 55 metres Kingston class coastal defence vessels.

Since leaving Canada on 19 January, HMCS Goose Bay and Moncton visited a number of ports in West Africa, which included strategic engagements with allies and regional partners to exchange knowledge and expertise, and strengthen relationships in maritime security.

“These efforts further strengthen relationships with African nations and our allies, positioning the Canadian Armed Forces as leaders, at home and abroad,” the Canadian Armed Forces said.

“Operation Projection (West Africa) 2022 marks the first time in three years that our ships have been able to support the mission to the extent that they have,” said Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic.

Moncton and Goose Bay both visited Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal. The deployment marked the first deployment for HMCS Goose Bay on Operation Projection (West Africa) and the second for HMCS Moncton.

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