The Canadians have been helping with Drug Interdiction Operations. They call it Operation Caribbe, but if I read between the lines correctly, their participation may be increasing.
Some changes are expected in the composition Canadian Navy, and in the way they operate. For the next few years, their fleet is going to be reduced by two supply vessels and two destroyers and their crew members are to be diverted to the twelve Kingston Class “Coastal Defense Vessels” that are normally manned only by reservists, and to more intense boarding training.
This should allow the Kingston class to be underway more, and I would expect they will want to work with Coast Guard LEDETs. They are already being employed in counter-drug ops. In March four were deployed for this purpose. Being relatively slow and having no helicopter deck, they may not be ideal for counter-drug operations, but they have proven useful.
These little ships are similar in size to 210s, shorter but beamier, and 30 years younger.
|Displacement:||970 t (970.0 t)|
|Length:||55.3 m (181.43 ft)|
|Beam:||11.3 m (37.07 ft)|
|Draught:||3.4 m (11.15 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Jeumont DC electric motors
4 × 600 VAC Wärtsilä SACM V12 diesel alternators
2 × Z drive azimuth thrusters
|Speed:||15 kn (27.78 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nmi (9,260.00 km)|
|Complement:||31 to 47|
The Canadian Navy’s intent,
The Kingston-class ships are staffed entirely by the naval reserve. Under the new plan, the ships will be staffed 60 per cent by reserves and 40 per cent by the regular forces. That still doesn’t account for everyone, and the navy says sailors on land will focus on more advanced boarding-party and anti-terrorism training.
Hopefully the Coast Guard may be seeing even more of these little ships.