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HMCS Montreal (FFH-336)

Frigate Warship [ 1994 ]

HMCS Montreal FFH-336 is one of twelve Cold War-era Halifax-class fighting frigates serving the modern Royal Canadian Navy.

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HMCS Montreal (FFH-336) is a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Cold War-era fighting frigate belonging to the Halifax-class. The class is comprised of twelve total hulls and all remain in active service as of this writing (2023). Construction of the group spanned from 1987 to 1996 with commissioned service beginning in 1992. For its part, FFH-336 was laid down on February 8th, 1991 by Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd and launched for trials on February 28th, 1992.

She was formally commissioned into service on July 21st,1994.

The vessel displaces 4,800 tons under load and has a running length of 440 feet, a beam measuring 54 feet, and a draught down to 23 feet. Installed power is made up of 2 x LM2500 gas turbines coupled to a single SEMT Pielstick diesel engine unit driving the vessel to speeds of 30 knots out to a range of 9,500 nautical miles under ideal conditions.

Aboard is a crew of 225 which includes the modest air arm supporting a single helicopter from the stern (typically the Sikorsky CH-148 "Cyclone". The Cyclone is a dedicated Canadian Navy version of the Sikorsky S-92 modified for the maritime role. Its first-flight was had on November 15th, 2008 and, after a protracted development period, the helicopter was brought online in July of 2018 and 26 airframes built to the standard have since followed. The rotorcraft provides critical Over-the-Horizon (OtH) work and can be used in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Search and Rescue (SAR) roles as needed. The RCN remains the sole operator of the Cyclone mark.

The warship is armed with a single 57mm Bofors Mk.3 series turreted deck gun, 16 x "Evolved Sea Sparrow" (ESS) medium-ranged Anti-Aircraft (AA) missiles, 8 x RGM-84 "Harpoon" Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs), 1 x 20mm Phalanx Gatling-style Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), and 24 x Honeywell Mk.46 series torpedoes. Extreme close-in defense is handled by a network of 6 x 0.50 caliber Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).

Due to its late-Cold War entry, design of the vessel is a mix of old and new, largely lacking the stealth features and sensors and processing systems of more modern warships. The turret takes its usual place over the forecastle while the bridge section sits low and behind the turret emplacement. Atop the forward hull superstructure sits lattice-style communications and sensor units. The superstructure is a stepped arrangement, broken at certain points to house various components. The smoke funnels are of an enclosed, pyramidal-style design and seated over midships. Aft of this is the rear superstructure leading out to the helipad. The hull line is continuous from bow to stern.

Upon commissioning, the warship became the seventh vessel of the Halifax-class. Since then, she has been a regular participant of general Canadian patrolling actions, goodwill stops, and enforcement sorties in the Persian Gulf / Middle East. More recently, the vessel was featured in the South China Sea, naturally drawing the ire of Chinese leadership as it eyes Taiwan reunification.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd - Canada
Operators National flag of Canada
National Origin
Commissioned, Active
Project Status
Hull Class
HMCS Halifax (FFH-330); HMCS Vancouver (FFH-331); HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH-332); HMCS Toronto (FFH-333); HMCS Regina (FFH-334); HMCS Calgary (FFH-335); HMCS Montreal (FFH-336); HMCS Fredericton (FFH-337); HMCS Winnipeg (FFH-338); HMCS Charlottetown (FFH-339); HMCS St. Johns (FFH-340); HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341)

Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.

Onboard systems alert and protect the vessel from airborne, low-flying airborne threats through ballistic and / or missile weaponry.
An Over-the-Horizon operational capability is granted to the vessel, typically through launched fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft.
The vessel supports the launching of missiles against airborne, waterborne, or land-based targets at range; typical of modern designs.
Ability to launch torpedoes against ocean-going targets.

440.0 feet
(134.11 meters)
54.0 feet
(16.46 meters)
23.0 feet
(7.01 meters)

2 x LM2500 gas turbines with 1 x SEMT Pielstick diesel engine driving 2 x Shafts astern.
30.0 knots
(34.5 mph)
Surface Speed
9,559 nm
(11,000 miles | 17,703 km)
1 knot = 1.15 mph; 1 nm = 1.15 mile; 1 nm = 1.85 km

1 x 57mm Bofors Mk.3 turreted deck gun over forecastle.
16 x "Evolved Sea Sparrow" (ESS) medium-ranged Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs).
8 x RGM-84 "Harpoon" anti-ship missiles.
1 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
24 x Mk.46 torpedoes.
6 x 0.50cal (12.7mm) Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).

1 x Sikorsky CH-148 "Cyclone" navalized helicopter supported from the stern.

Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War period
Military lapel ribbon for early warship designs
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2


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