These are some recent pictures of the
ground-crew (is the proper term deck-crew?) load crew* of HMCS Halifax mounting (and arming?) a Mk 46 torpedo on a brand new CH-148 Cyclone helicopter:
HMCS Halifax is, currently, deployed on Op REASSURANCE where she will replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
‘The Cyclone was, almost, the poster-child for a messed up defence procurement system. Readers may remember that Brian Mulroney’s Conservatives ordered new shipborne helicopters, to replace the Sea Kings, back in the 1980s … then Jean Chrétien, in one of his very first acts as prime minister in 1993, cancelled the deal, as he had promised to do in the famous and famously successful “Red Book” campaign, leaving the Navy high and dry, so to speak. There were lawsuits and the Chrétien Liberals paid the original contractor hundreds of millions of our (taxpayers’) dollars for nothing in return and, eventually, in 2004 another Liberal government, Paul Martin’s, ordered the Cyclones, but only after M Chrétien could no longer be publicly embarrassed by the fiasco. They entered service in 2018 and despite a few “growing pains” they appear to be doing well.
It’s a good news story … except for the fact that thanks to the Trudeau-Chrétien-Trudeau Liberal Party‘s nearly criminal disregards for Canada’s security and defences, it is about 20 years too late.
* Thanks to a chum, a Candian Forces member who knows this stuff, for the correct term.