For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS REGINA 334
Regina was floated up on 25 Oct 1991 and provisionally accepted by the Navy on 02 Mar 1994. Following trials off Halifax, she left on 13 Jun for Esquimalt, where she was commissioned on 30 Sep 1994. On 10 May 1995, along with Vancouver, she departed for exercises with Southeast Asian naval units. On 18 Mar 1996, in company with Algonquin, Winnipeg and Protecteur, Regina again headed for the western Pacific, this time to exercise with ships of the Japanese, Russian, Korean and Philippine navies. In the course of this deployment, she made a call at Ho Chi Minh City, the first North American warship to do so since the end of the Vietnam War. Regina returned to Esquimalt on 20 Jul 1995. On 21 Feb 1997, she sailed to join a US carrier battle group in the enforcement of trade sanctions against Iraq. In the summer of 1999 she was back in the Arabian Gulf on the same mission, this time with the USS Constellation Battle Group. She returned home on 17 Dec 1999.
On 06 Jan 2014, HMCS Regina departed Esquimalt, B.C. for to join the NATO task force deployed in the Arabian Sea as part of Operations ARTEMIS - a multinational task force promoting security in the gulfs of Oman and Aden, the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. On 31 Mar 2014 HMCS Regina intercepted a dhow off the east coast of Africa, apprehended 132 kilograms of heroin and destroyed them at sea. On 30 Apr 2014, after Russia's invasion of the Ukraine, HMCS Regina was assigned to Operation REASSURANCE in the Mediterranean. After 254 days away from home port, HMCS Regina returned to Esquimalt on 17 Sep 2014.
HMCS Regina to join NATO's Ukraine 'reassurance' mission - 30 Apr 2014
HMCS Regina seized 132 kg of heroin in bust off Africa - 04 Apr 2014