Dave Cullen captured the moment Canadian warship HMCS Charlottetown made her grand entrance in the port of Leith, Scotland, ahead of Exercise Steadfast Defender 24.

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HMCS Charlottetown
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© Dave Cullen Photography 2024

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is participating in the largest NATO exercise in decades that will serve to rehearse NATO’s Deterrence and Defence plans to counter threats to the Euro-Atlantic area.

Approximately 1,000 CAF sailors, soldiers, aviators, and special forces members, will demonstrate NATO’s ability to conduct sustained, multi-domain defensive operations over a period of several months, simulating an Article 5 attack by an adversary with similar capabilities.

HMCS Charlottetown
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© Dave Cullen Photography 2024

The exercise will run from the end of January until the end of May 2024, and is divided into two main parts. The first part will be largely maritime based and will focus on defence of the North Atlantic and Arctic waters, while the second part will test NATO’s ability to rapidly deploy reinforcements across all domains in defence of Central and Eastern Europe.

The image is Copyright Dave Cullen Photography 2024 and was produced here with permission, in honour of Dave’s late-daughter Charlotte.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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donald_of_tokyo
donald_of_tokyo
1 month ago

Beautiful!

Drew murrY
Drew murrY
1 month ago

A warm scottish welcome to our Canadian brothers and sisters,pity they didn’t come to the west side of cotland .a far better hospitality awaits lol

monkey spanker
monkey spanker
1 month ago
Reply to  Drew murrY

Nope definitely better this side😂😂😂😂

Tommo
Tommo
1 month ago
Reply to  Drew murrY

🐑🐑🐑 Ramming speed or Ewe turn

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

30 years old, no VLS…

Paul T
Paul T
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

Think you need a visit to Specsavers 👀

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul T

Funny type of it, to be fair to Jack.
If I wasn’t searching the pic for VLS I wouldn’t have seen what looks like giant CAMM Sabre pallets either side of the funnel

monkey spanker
monkey spanker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

She has ESSM missiles in mk48 vertical launchers down the sides of the funnels, a 57mm mk3 gun, 8 machine guns, 8 block 2 harpoons, a phalanx mk1b ship and helicopter launched torpedoes, CH148 cyclone helicopter, good sensors and decoys.
She is a well rounded frigate and the replacement program is already in place.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  monkey spanker

Isn’t up to 15 T26s for Canada? That’s quite punchy. Not sure if they’ll all be the one variant of if there’s a AAW/ASW split?
Like to see some of the Canadian Harry De Woolf AOPVs in the RN, RNZN and maybe the RAN for Artic/Antarctic Ops, to complement the River’s

Last edited 1 month ago by Quentin D63
Mickey
Mickey
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

It is 15 and there is talk of having 3 or 4 of the class built heavier on the AAW side.

The loss of the Iroquois class is keenly felt in the RCN.

Harry DeWolfe class is a great all around Swiss army knife OPV.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mickey
monkey spanker
monkey spanker
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

It is up to 15. I think 12 to replace the current frigates and 3 to replace the 4 Iroquois/tribal class.
How many we end up seeing will really depend on the funding.
Ideally Canada with its massive coast would get the 15 along with 8 submarines. The patrol and ice breaker ships will be just as vital for the area.
If they can get them for a price that seems value for money added in with the work load stream for the shipyards and have crews to equip them, the 15 could all be built.

Mickey
Mickey
1 month ago
Reply to  monkey spanker

12 Subs are being looked at by the gov/RCN.

The KS-III is one of the contenders. The Koreans can also build it in Korea so it will not take 20 years to be built in Canada.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago

These Halifax class have a bit of a A140 /T31 look about them.