Winnipeg of the Royal Canadian Navy returns to PH and stays by October 13th – Manila Bulletin

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Winnipeg has returned for a visit to the Philippines by tomorrow October 13th.

WINNIPEG’S VISIT – The Canadian ship with the crew of the Royal Canadian Navy arrives for a visit to the Philippines on October 11, 2021 and will leave the country on October 13, 2021. It last visited the country in 2017. (Courtesy photo of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines)

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg arrived on Monday October 11th and is moored in the port of Manila. Winnipeg last visited the country in 2017.

The visit, said the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines, Peter MacArthur, further shows the friendly relations between the Philippines and Canada.

It also reflects Canada’s commitment to its vibrant partnerships in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the wider Indo-Pacific region.

“I am delighted to welcome HMCS Winnipeg, their officers and their crew to Manila. As a seafaring nation, the Philippines has always been a very good host to our fleet and I know this visit will further strengthen a relationship that spans the Pacific Ocean, ”said MacArthur.

“The operations conducted by HMCS Winnipeg with our allies and partners in the region demonstrate Canada’s continued commitment to support a free and open Indo-Pacific,” added the Canadian envoy.

HMCS Winnipeg will be stationed in the Indo-Pacific region from August to December 2021 to conduct naval presence operations in the region, cooperative missions and participation in international naval exercises with allied and partner nations.

Welcome back @HMCSWinnipeg!

@RoyalCanNavy is visiting to further demonstrate the friendly relations between the two countries.

The visit also reflects Canada’s commitment to its vibrant partnerships in ASEAN and the wider Indo-Pacific region. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/x29oIKnf37

– Canada in the Philippines (@CanEmbPH) October 12, 2021

Manila is the fourth of seven port visits the ship will make during this mission.

“HMCS Winnipeg’s deployment in the Indo-Pacific region aims to work with partner countries to improve military cooperation,” said MacArthur. “As a Pacific nation, Canada’s deployment of Winnipeg in this region is part of our contribution to making the world safer and more stable.”

Commander Doug Layton is the commanding officer of HMCS Winnipeg.

During its deployment, Winnipeg will also support Operation NEON, Canada’s contribution to the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397 on North Korea.

HMCS Winnipeg has 262 highly skilled and professional sailors, including 11 of Filipino descent. The Winnipeg is the sixth of twelve Halifax-class frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Halifax-class frigates carry extensive submarine and surface warfare weapons and sensors to complement their extensive air defenses. The combination of these weapon and sensor systems, coupled with state-of-the-art damage control and machine control systems, make these frigates one of the most advanced warship designs in the world. HMCS Winnipeg is deployed with an embarked helicopter air division operating a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter.

Winnipeg will make seven port visits to four different countries including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and the United States.

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