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HMCS HALIFAX FFH330

HMCS HALIFAX FFH 330 passing Mc Nab's Island outbound from Halifax,Nova Scotia on June 4th 2009.

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HMCS HALIFAX FFH/FFG 330:

Type:Halifax Class, Canadian Patrol Frigate (FFH/G).

Ships in Class: 12

Displacement: 3,995 tonnes (light)

4,795 tonnes (operational)

5,032 tonnes (deep load)

Length: 134.2 m, Beam: 16.5 m, Draught: 7.1 m

Propulsion: 2 × LM2500 Gas turbines;1 × SEMT Pielstick Diesel engine.

Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)

Range: 9,500 nautical miles (17,595 km)

Armament: 24 × Honeywell Mk 46 torpedoes

16 × Evolved Sea-Sparrow SAM

8 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSM

1 × 57 mm Bofors Mk2 gun

1 × 20 mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS

6 × .50 Caliber machine guns

Aircraft: 1 X CH124 Sea King ASW Helo.

Crew:240 (includes air detachment).

Flag:Canada/Navy

Call Sign: CGAP
 

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The first time I saw this class, it occured to me that a larger vessel had been cut in half just ahead of the funnel and the forward section of a smaller vessel welded in place of the original. Nice photo capnken, clearly shows what I am trying to explain.
 

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Hi Bob: Apparently these ships have a very 'stealthy/low' radar signature,low structures (bridge/etc) and sloped hanger surfaces. The hanger is large as these ships carry the Large! Sea Kings and the funnel is so shaped and Large to dissipate infrared radiation. They do grow on you after a bit however. I think standing on a low bridge would give one a better anti-pucker factor than a high one once the missiles started flying about!Cheers,Ken
P.S. For some reason or other she has been sans CIWS and missile tubes for some time. Not sure why,could be relegated to training now in preparation for the half-life refit due for her 2010.
 

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