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Halifax-based HMCS St. John’s loaded with Irma relief supplies, headed to Caribbean

HMCS St. John's received supplies at Norfolk Naval Base in West Virginia on Sept. 11 before departing to help in humanitarian efforts following Hurricane Irma. MCpl Chris Ringius/ Canadian Armed Forces

Halifax-based HMCS St. John’s is sailing towards the Caribbean, after loading up on supplies to help with Hurricane Irma relief.

The deadly hurricane cut a path of destruction across the northern Caribbean, before striking Florida earlier this week.

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The warship is delivering humanitarian relief to the Turks and Caicos island group as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Operation Renaissance.

Crew members received the supplies, which include engineering equipment, food, personal hygiene products and clothing, at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia on Sept. 11.

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The crew of HMCS St. John's getting maintenance completed in Norfolk Naval Base before departing for Operation Renaissance. MCpl Chris Ringius/ Canadian Armed Forces
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Crew members from HMCS St. John's handle the lines as the ship departs from Norfolk Naval Base in West Virginia on Operation RENAISSANCE to assist in humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma on September 12, 2017. MCpl Chris Ringius/ Canadian Armed Forces
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HMCS St. John's departs Norfolk Naval Base on Operation RENAISSANCE for hurricane Irma relief on September 12, 2017. MCpl Chris Ringius/ Canadian Armed Forces
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Commander Gordon Noseworthy, from HMCS St. John's, speaks with the Flight Department while the ship makes its way to the Caribbean for Operation RENAISSANCE. MCpl Chris Ringius/ Canadian Armed Forces
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Captain Ben Hughes, a pilot from 423 Squadron, works the controls in the Landing Signals Officer Shack as a Sea King takes off from HMCS St. John's on September 13, 2017. MCpl Chris Ringius/ Canadian Armed Forces
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Master Seaman Jack operates controls during an engineering emergency exercise, while the HMCS St. John's makes its way to the Caribbean for Operation RENAISSANCE, the Hurricane Irma humanitarian relief mission, on September 13, 2017. MCpl Chris Ringius/ Canadian Armed Forces

Two Canadian Armed Forces aircraft from 8 Wing Trenton were also sent to the Caribbean to provide support as part of Operation Renaissance.

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A CC-130J Hercules aircraft delivered humanitarian supplies to the British Virgin Islands and brought back Canadian nationals and government officials to Canada.

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Meanwhile,  a CC-177 Globemaster aircraft delivered humanitarian cargo, from France, to Guadaloupe. That aircraft also flew to St. Martin and Turks and Caicos to pick up passengers as arranged by Global Affairs Canada.

The two aircraft returned to Canada late Thursday and early Friday morning.

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