HMCS Kingston is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1996.
Kingston is the lead ship of her class which is the name for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project. She is the first vessel to use the designation HMCS Kingston.
Kingston was laid down on 12 December 1994 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax and was launched on 12 August 1995. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 21 September 1996 and carries the hull classification number 700.
She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax.
The Kingston-class coastal defence vessel was conceived to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment and construction techniques in a ship designed to military specifications. The construction of the design required the building of partially outfitted steel block units, which were assembled into larger blocks and those blocks were integrated into the ship. The decks were assembled upside down with pre-outfitting of the underside of the deck prior to installation on the ship. The ship is outfitted with a degaussing system from Power Magnetics and Electronic Systems fendi shoes.
Kingston class vessels are designed to carry up to three 6.1-metre (20 ft) ISO containers with power hookups on the open deck aft in order to embark mission-specific payloads.
Kingston was laid down on 12 December 1994 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax and was launched on 12 August 1995 fendi bags online. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 21 September 1996.
Kingston-class vessels are outfitted with a Bofors 40 mm 60 mk5C rapid fire gun mulberry bags outlet, and two 12.7mm machine guns. The ships are equipped with one of three modular mine countermeasures systems: the deep sea Thales MMS mechanical mine sweeping system, the route survey system or the Sutec remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mine inspection system.
The navigation equipment installed in Kingston-class vessels are a Kelvin Hughes I-band navigation radar and a global positioning system. The surface search radar is the E to F-band Kelvin Hughes 6000.
The ship is equipped with four main Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines which are coupled to four alternators (600 V AC). Two Jeumont electric motors (±740 V DC) provide power to the two LIPS Z-drive azimuth thrusters which are fitted with fixed-pitch reversing propellers. The propulsion system provides 15 knots (28 km/h) maximum continuous speed. The range at the economical cruising speed of 9 knots (17 km/h) using two engines is 5,000 nautical miles (9,000 km) with a 20% margin in tank capacity. Mechanical minesweeping is carried out at 8 knots (15 km/h). The crash stop length is five ship lengths from a speed of 15 knots (28 km/h).
In 2011, HMCS Kingston was among the RCN vessels deployed to the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbe, Canada’s contribution to Operation Martillo, the multinational effort to eliminate illegal trafficking in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean. In total, 201 metric tons were interdicted that year, in which Kingston played a part.
In 2012, Kingston was assigned again to Operation Carribe. That year Operation Martillo seized 152 tons of cocaine and several million dollars in cash.
In June 2013 ted baker france, Kingston and HMCS Glace Bay were sent on a seven-week tour of the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, making several port calls along the way. In 2014, she returned to serve in Operation Caribbe. In the summer of 2014, Kingston, joined by the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfred Laurier and two private ships searched for and found one of the ships that disappeared during Franklin’s lost expedition.