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HMCS St. John's to return to Halifax after six-month deployment overseas

Last Updated Jul 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm MDT

Family and friends look on as HMCS St. John's heads to the Mediterranean Sea for a deployment with NATO forces, in Halifax on Tuesday, Jan.16, 2018. HMCS St. John's is expected to return to its home port of Halifax, N.S. on Monday after a six-month deployment in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX – The countdown is on for the homecoming of a Halifax-class navy ship and its 240-member crew.

HMCS St. John’s is expected to return to its home port of Halifax on Monday after a six-month deployment in the Baltic Sea, northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

The return concludes the ship’s participation in a training mission called Operation Reassurance, which aims to reinforce NATO’s collective defence in the face of Russian aggression.

It also marks the last scheduled operational deployment of the CH-124 Sea King Helicopter after 54 years of service to the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Ville de Quebec left Halifax’s naval base on Wednesday to relieve HMCS St. John’s of duty.

On board was a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, marking the first international deployment of the Canadian military’s new state-of-the-art, twin-engine machine.