Canadian frigate docks in South Harbor for PHL visit
February 13, 2013 2:59 am
MANILA, Feb. 12 — One of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)'s most capable vessels, HMCS Regina (FFH-334), docked at Pier 13 of Manila South Harbor Tuesday afternoon, starting its two-day port visit to the Philippines.
Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, Philippines Navy spokesperson, said that the traditional meeting procedure was done off Corregidor Island.
The ship is skippered by Cmdr. Jason Boyd. HMCS Regina has a complement of 42 officers and 219 enlisted seamen.
In relation to the visit, Rear Admiral William Truelove, of Canada's Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force Pacific commander, will arrive in the country this coming Feb. 14.
Fabic said that HMCS Regina's visit aims to create a stronger bond with the two navies aside from having greater inter-operability.
The Canadian ship is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the RCN since 1993.
HMCS Regina is the fifth vessel in her class which is the name for the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project.
She is the second vessel to carry the designation HMCS Regina.
HMCS Regina was laid down on Oct. 6, 1989 at MIL Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon and launched on Jan. 25, 1992.
She was officially commissioned into the RCN on Dec. 29, 1993 and carries the hull classification symbol 334.
She is assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific and is homeported at Esquimalt, British Columbia.
HMCS Regina is armed with anti-ship torpedoes and missiles, anti-air rockets and a variety of gun armaments. (PNA)