Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Canada Scraping its last destroyer
Canada's last destroyer leaves Halifax harbour, headed for scrap heap

Quote:HALIFAX -- Canada's last Cold War-era destroyer was towed out of Halifax harbour Thursday, headed for Cape Breton where it will be scrapped.

Athabaskan, flanked by tugboats as it left the harbour that was its home port for almost 45 years, will be recycled by Marine Recycling Corporation in Sydney.

The 129-metre warship was one of Canada's largest fighting ships, built for operations in the North Atlantic as a helicopter-carrying submarine hunter with a crew of more than 250.

Veteran Canadian warship decommissioned in Halifax
Commissioned in September 1972, the ship was decommissioned or "paid off" last March after a final tour around the harbour, which featured several thunderous blasts from its main gun.

The Iroquois-class ship was deployed during the first Gulf War in 1990, delivered aid after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and Haiti's 2010 earthquake.

It was also dispatched to handle fisheries and sovereignty patrols, as well as missions to fulfil Canada's NATO obligations under the ship's motto "We Fight As One."

A new class of 15 combat ships is to replace Canada's destroyers -- there were four -- and its 12 Halifax-class frigates.
"Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it" - Jonathan Swift, 1710
Nothing new, the Liberals have a history neglecting the military.
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)