The ship and 240-member crew of HMCS St. John’s returned to its home port in Halifax on Monday morning after a six month deployment with NATO allies in Eastern Europe.
HMCS St. John’s left Halifax in January 2017 to join Operation REASSURANCE, which is aimed at promoting security and stability in the region.
During its time at sea, the Halifax-based navy frigate took part in large-scale multi-national exercises. Rear Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, called the mission difficult.
Family members and friends lined the dock on the Halifax waterfront to welcome the return of loved ones aboard the navy ship.
Gabrielle Lambert got the surprise of her life when her boyfriend Tristan LaPointe disembarked. That surprise was a marriage proposal.
“Wow, wow! I don’t have words. I’m really happy,” Lambert said.
“We’ve been together as a couple for seven years now and it was just the right thing to do. I love her. She means the world to me so I thought I would make a big event, a big thing out of this. You deserve it and I love you so much,” said LaPointe, speaking to his soon to be wife.
HMCS St. John’s will be replaced on Operation REASSURANCE by HMCS Charlottetown in early August. This will be HMCS Charlottetown’s second deployment overseas under Operation REASSURANCE