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Canadian warship calls at port


The HMCS Winnipeg berthed at Dermaga Dalam in Butterworth after having been at sea for 215 days.

The HMCS Winnipeg berthed at Dermaga Dalam in Butterworth after having been at sea for 215 days.

A CANADIAN warship sailed into Penang and berthed at Dermaga Dalam in Butterworth for a four-day rest and recreation stopover.

The 134m-long Canadian Halifax Class warship HMCS Winnipeg FFH-338 arrived from India at 10am on Saturday.

It was welcomed by Penang Resident Naval Officer Lt Kdr Muhamad Nazer Abdullah and the Honorary Consulate of Canada in Penang Datuk Tan Yew Thong.

HMCS Winnipeg public affairs officer Sub-Lieutenant Jamie Tobin said the vessel had been at sea for 215 days.

It was patrolling the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, the coast of Somalia as well as escorting United Nations ships carrying relief supplies to countries in East Africa, he added.

“We chose Penang as our stopover destination because it is a beautiful place,” he said.

“Although we heard that the wea-ther in Penang is quite warm, I believe the crew are looking forward to the stopover.

“Most of us are excited over the local food and nice beaches in Penang,” he said.

HMCS Winnipeg is one of Canada’s 12 Halifax-class frigates that are equipped with a CH-124 Sea King helicopter, air detachment and an arsenal of armament for combat.

It left for its Canadian Forces Maritime Base home port in Esquimalt at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada, yesterday.

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