On July third, Canada will deploy HMCS Shawinigan and Summerside from Halifax to join Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) in European Waters.

Both ships have embarked Royal Canadian Navy clearance diving teams from Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic & Pacific, and mine countermeasure search capabilities using autonomous underwater vehicles.

As the two ships are built to civil specifications, they will not be able to operate near any explosions of significance.

By Editor