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Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau
Crew and reunited family members walk down the gangway of the frigate HMCS Charlottettown after arriving back at CFB Halifax Nova Scotia, September 2, 2011. The Charlottetown was deployed to Libya in March. (PAUL DARROW/QMI AGENCY)

Crew and reunited family members walk down the gangway of the frigate HMCS Charlottettown after arriving back at CFB Halifax Nova Scotia, September 2, 2011. The Charlottetown was deployed to Libya in March. (PAUL DARROW/QMI AGENCY)

OTTAWA - 

The Royal Canadian Navy is set to welcome back HMCS Charlottetown from the Arabian Sea.

The frigate sails in to Halifax on Tuesday morning after almost nine months away.

HMCS Charlottetown and her crew of roughly 240 sailors relieved HMCS Vancouver off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea last January, then sailed to the Arabian Sea in April to join an international anti-terror task force.

During their deployment, the Charlottetown's crew helped seize 600 pounds of hashish by disrupting an illicit cargo exchange between a fishing vessel and a skiff off the coast of Yemen.

HMCS Regina took over HMCS Charlottetown's duties in the Arabian Sea last month.

Newfoundland radio station VOCM has reported that HMCS Charlottetown has been back in Canada for several days, stopping in St. John's, N.L., over the weekend.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay will attend the ship's official Tuesday return to her Halifax home.


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