For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN 339
She was floated up on 01 Oct 1994, and commissioned in Charlottetown on 09 Sep 1995. In the fall of 1996 she took part, as a member of Standing Naval Force Atlantic, in exercises with ships of a number of eastern European navies. On 12 Aug 1997 Charlottetown made a courtesy visit to the port for which she is named, and was the first Canadian warship to pass under the Confederation Bridge. Soon afterward she took part in the US Exercise United Spirit. She returned home on 17 Dec 1998, and late in Feb 1998 began a six-month stint with SNFL in place of Toronto, which had been ordered to the Persian Gulf. On 12 Jan 2001, Charlottetown herself sailed for the Arabian Gulf, there joining the USS Harry S. Truman Battle Group in sanctions against Iraq. She again left Halifax on 17 Oct 2001, with Iroquois and Preserver, for the Middle East, this time on Operation Apollo to support a US-led coalition against international terrorism. The trio was joined in the Arabian Sea in De 2001 by Halifax, and conducted arms embargo operations and screening of other naval units in the area. Charlottetown returned to Halifax on 04 Mar 2002.