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Tears, hugs, and a proposal: Canadian navy ship returns to Halifax after six-month NATO mission

The HMCS St. John's arrived back in Halifax on Monday morning after a deployment on Op REASSURANCE

Sub-lieutenant Tristan Lapointe reacts after Gabrielle Lambert accepts his marriage proposal as Rear Admiral John Newton, right, head of Canada's East Coast navy, looks on as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017. The ship and crew were on deployment on Op REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance measures for eastern Europe.

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Sub-lieutenant Tristan Lapointe reacts after Gabrielle Lambert accepts his marriage proposal as Rear Admiral John Newton, right, head of Canada's East Coast navy, looks on as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017. The ship and crew were on deployment on Op REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance measures for eastern Europe.

HALIFAX — A Halifax-based navy frigate has returned to its home port after a six-month deployment with NATO forces in Europe.

HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax in heavy fog on Monday, July 17, 2017 after their deployment on Op REASSURANCE, Canada's contribution to NATO assurance measures for eastern Europe.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax in heavy fog on Monday, July 17, 2017 after their deployment on Op REASSURANCE, Canada's contribution to NATO assurance measures for eastern Europe.

HMCS St. John's and its 240-member crew participated in Operation Reassurance, which is aimed at promoting security and stability in central and eastern Europe.

Family and friends wait on the jetty as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017 after their deployment on Op REASSURANCE.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Family and friends wait on the jetty as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017 after their deployment on Op REASSURANCE.

There were lots of smiles and hugs as sailors greeted their families at HMCS St. John's return to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

There were lots of smiles and hugs as sailors greeted their families at HMCS St. John's return to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017.

The ship served with the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean Sea.

During its time at sea, St. John's took part in four large-scale exercises, while visiting 16 ports in 10 countries.

Sailors stand on the jetty as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax in heavy fog on Monday, July 17, 2017 after their deployment on Op REASSURANCE

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Sailors stand on the jetty as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax in heavy fog on Monday, July 17, 2017 after their deployment on Op REASSURANCE

The vessel travelled more than 37,000 nautical miles during the deployment.

HMCS Charlottetown is to replace St. John's as part of the NATO operations in early August.

Master Seaman Scott Hickman hold his three-year-old daughter Lila as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Master Seaman Scott Hickman hold his three-year-old daughter Lila as HMCS St. John's returns to Halifax on Monday, July 17, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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