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HMCS Halifax returns home following 6 month deployment overseas (7 photos)

The trip home also featured the return of Cyclone Kingfisher's third deployment on Operation REASSURANCE

It was a cool morning on the Halifax Waterfront where hundreds welcomed home the 250 members onboard HMCS Halifax.

The vessel returned from its deployment where it spent six months in the Mediterranean Sea for Operation REASSURANCE.

Commander, Scott Nelson, Commanding Officer of HMCS Halifax says the ship was assigned flagship duties, meaning Canada took command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group in the Mediterranean.

Nelson adds this mission featured a milestone for CH-148 Cyclone Helicopter, Kingfisher.

"She flew 550 hours on this mission...in a six-month deployment, she was airborne for almost a month," Nelson said. "550 hours is remarkable; that's a record. It is a force to be reckoned with."

The day featured plenty of heartwarming moments, including the traditional first kiss, where Leading Seamen Oliver Langille was first off the vessel and was greeted by his fiancé, Kelsea Deblois.

"Nice to see some snow and friendly faces, happy to be back," Langille said.

The couple got engaged during Langille's deployment and had been anticipating their reunion following the six months at sea.

When asked how Langille and Deblois planned to spend their evening, both laughed and said, "Pizza and couch, a bed that's bigger than 26 inches wide".

It's a busy week at the dockyard as HMCS Glace Bay and Shawinigan are set to sail for a four-month deployment to Africa on Operation PROJECTION.

Both are set to leave Halifax Saturday afternoon.


Matthew Moore

About the Author: Matthew Moore

Born on Cape Breton Island, Matthew is a reporter and weekend anchor for NEWS 95.7 and HalifaxToday.ca.
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