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HMCS Charlottetown pulls into port after six-month overseas deployment

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WATCH: More than 200 crew members of HMCS Charlottetown are back in Halifax following a deployment that kept them away from their families for many holidays. Steve Silva reports – Jan 19, 2018

Cheers erupted on the Halifax waterfront Friday as HMCS Charlottetown sailed into port following a six-month deployment overseas.

The Halifax-based frigate returned home after taking part in exercises in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas as part of Operation Reassurance.

Families welcomed the crew of HMCS Charlottetown home on Friday, after the Halifax-based frigate returned from taking part in Operation Reassurance in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas. Steve Silva/ Global News

Dozens of family members lined the dock as the ship pulled alongside, with some waving posters and calling out to crew standing at the bow and stern of the vessel as it approached.

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HMCS St. John’s and its 240-member crew left Halifax earlier this week to replace the Charlottetown in the training and deterrence mission.

HMCS Charlottetown joined the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 in August 2017, participated in two major exercises, worked with 13 navies and visited 11 ports.

A statement from the Department of National Defence said the exercises strengthened the allies’ abilities to combine international assets in joint maritime operations.

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