Canadian frigate arrives in Sultanate

James Kon

HMCS Calgary – a Halifax-class frigate – arrived in Brunei Darussalam yesterday and in its three-day stay in the country, ship crew of the ship will be exchanging in areas of mutual interest with the Royal Brunei Navy via virtual platform.

On the arrival of HMCS Calgary, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Jeanette Stovel revealed that while the ship is in the Sultanate, the Royal Brunei Navy and HMCS Calgary will discuss areas of mutual interest. The ship will also demonstrate its capacity which is on humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

“Our Canadian navy personnel are well trained to respond to emergency onshore. The ship was on an exercise in New Zealand a few years ago, and when there was an earthquake, they put the exercise into reality. The ship also responded in the Caribbean after hurricane and Haiti earthquake,” she said.

Today, “there will be provisioning for the ship and then tomorrow, the ship will conduct the passage exercise with the Royal Brunei Navy on their way West from Brunei,” she added.

Stovel said with the current pandemic, “the crew of the ship will only stay on board and there will be no direct interaction between members of the ship and Royal Brunei Navy. With Brunei Darussalam as the Chair of ASEAN this year, the ship does not want to miss the opportunity to visit Brunei even in this restricted and challenging situation.”

HMCS Calgary crew. PHOTO: CANADIAN NAVY

The defence relationship between Brunei Darussalam and Canada, she described as “very amicable. We find every opportunity that we can to work together. The Brunei Navy ship and the Canadian Navy ship participated in Rim of the Pacific Exercise last year outside of Hawaii”.

Before arriving in Brunei Darussalam, HMCS Calgary was deployed to Operation Projection Asia Pacific in a show of Canada’s ongoing commitment to global peace.

The deployment of sailors, ships and submarines show how the Royal Canadian Navy is ready to defend Canada’s interest around the world. During the operation, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will conduct training, exercises and engagement with foreign navies and other international security partners.

HMCS Calgary will head to Operation Artemis which is the CAF mission to help stop terrorism and to make Middle Eastern Waters more secure. This includes the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.