HMCS Regina arrived in the Arabian Sea in August from her home port of CFB Esquimalt in Victoria British Columbia, to join the multinational fleet conducting maritime security operations in the region. HMCS Regina replaced HMCS Charlottetown, which had been in the region since April. HMCS Regina represents Canada’s contribution to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
The Commanding Officer Cdr Jason Boyd CD said: “The ship’s company and I are proud to be part of Canada’s contribution to the Combined Maritime Forces and serve alongside other coalition nations as part of CTF 150. This operational deployment brings both challenges and rewards, and will be the highlight of my time in command.”
HMCS Regina is the fifth of twelve Halifax Class Frigates. Although conceived as an anti-submarine frigate, Regina’s engineering and state of the art technology make her one of the most capable multipurpose platforms in the world. The twelve ships have been named after Canadian cities from across the country.
In August 1988, the first steel was cut for HMCS Regina. She was built by MIL/Davie Ltd. of Lauzon, Quebec. Lauzon is the same shipyard that built the first HMCS Regina, K-234, in 1942. On 6 October 1988, the keel was laid and assembly of HMCS Regina 334, began. Over the next two years the ship took shape in the Lauzon shipyard, and she was launched on 25 October 1991 bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia. On 2 March 1994 HMCS Regina, 334, was accepted by the Navy.
Due to a high degree of automation, fewer personnel man Regina than previous ships of its size. As a result, there is an increased level of habitability provided for the entire crew. Living areas are more comfortable and there are more mess decks, which allows for a smaller number of sailors in each mess. The largest mess deck in Regina accommodates twenty-one sailors as compared to fifty-four in the older St Laurent Class of ships. Separate dining, recreational facilities and closed circuit television entertainment provide outstanding shipboard living conditions.
SHIP’S MOTTO: Floreat Regina (Let Regina flourish)
SHIP’S COLOURS: Purple and Gold
CREW: 225 Officers and Sailors
Displacement 4750 tons
Length 134.1 m (440ft)
Beam 16.4 m (53ft)
Draught 4.9 m (23ft)
Speed 29+ knots (33 mph)
Range 4600nm @ 17 knots (@19.5 mph)
Propulsion 2 GE LM 2500 Gas Turbines
1 Pielstick Model PA6 20 cylinder cruise diesel
Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG)
Screws 2 reversible controllable pitch propellers (CRPP)
Electrical Power 4 Motoren-Werke Mannheim AG generators producing a total of 3400 kw of power
Anti-Submarine Mk 46 Homing Torpedoes
Gun 1 Bofors 57mm Mk2 anti-air and anti-surface
Close In Weapon System (CIWS) 1 20mm Vulcan Phalanx
6-50 cal. Machine-guns
Missiles 8 Harpoon medium range anti-surface
16 Sea Sparrow short range anti-air
1 CH 124 Sea King
1 Scan Eagle UAV