Public invited to join Coast Guard in welcoming HMCS Charlottetown to Cleveland

CLEVELAND – HMCS Charlottetown, a 442-foot Canadian frigate, will arrive at Dock 32 behind the museum ship William G. Mather at 10 a.m., Sept. 10.

HMCS Charlottetown recently completed a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea as part of Canadas continuing contributions to the campaign against terrorism known as Operation Enduring Freedom. The frigate helped to deter threats to maritime security – illegal migration, smuggling, and piracy – that harm legitimate commerce in the Gulf region. While deployed, she boarded three vessels with known ties to terrorists, intercepting 2000 cases of alcohol and six metric tons of narcotics. The ship also rendered assistance to three vessels in distress, saving the lives of 23 mariners.

The Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot buoytender homeported in Duluth, Minn., will escort the Charlottetown into port. Both ships will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

“We work closely with our Canadian counterparts to make the Great Lakes safer and more prosperous,” said Lt. David French, Ninth District External Affairs Officer. “This a great opportunity for the citizens of Cleveland to thank our Canadian counterparts for the work they do in counternarcotics, counterterrorism and search and rescue,” said French.

While in port, the crew of the Charlottetown and members of the U.S. Coast Guard will join forces for several events around town. First of which is a panel discussion on Canada-U.S. Security and Defense Cooperation at Home and Abroad at Case Western Reserve Unversity School of Law at noon Sept. 9 in Moot Court Room A59.

The ships crew will also take part in the City of Clevelands Patriot Day observances at Cleveland City Hall noon Sept. 11.

A joint Coast Guard-Charlottetown workforce will also spend the day, Sept. 11, volunteering at two worksites for Cleveland Habitat for Humanity from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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