The Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN) Halifax-class frigate HMCS Montréal has begun its first deployment under RCN's experimental ship, or X-Ship, programme.
Under the five year programme, the X-ship will be used to advance naval concepts in the areas of warship deployment, crewing and sustainment.
The ship is scheduled to conduct missions such as combat enhancement training, crew trials and operational testing, and evaluation of the new Cyclone shipborne helicopter.
X-Ship commander Chris Sherban said: “We have been given the extremely important mission of setting the course for the future fleet in manning, innovation and air operations."
Sherban said that the first part of the trial, SCORE 217, will validate a crewing model used by defence research scientists in Toronto, in which the X-ship will undertake modified work-ups scenario with a crew of 217.
The scenario was developed by the Directorate of Naval Personnel and Training in Ottawa, with experts from Sea Training (Pacific).
The crew will also conduct watches, departmental work, meetings, fitness, and meals as parts of their regular routine on-board the ship.
HMCS Montreal will continue participating in scheduled engineering repair, docking work periods and fleet training exercises, while enhancing its operational readiness with other RCN ships, USN ships and Spanish Navy replenishment oiler ship Patino during exercise Spartan Warrior 16.
Following this deployment, HMCS Montreal is slated to undergo a work period until early January to support the Cyclone project.
Image: A Cyclone helicopter approaches HMCS Montreal. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright / Royal Canadian Navy.