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HMCS Montreal (FFH-336)

Frigate Warship

Canada | 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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for HMCS Montreal (FFH-336).
2 x LM2500 gas turbines with 1 x SEMT Pielstick diesel engine driving 2 x Shafts astern.
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
9,559 nm
11,000 miles | 17,703 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of HMCS Montreal (FFH-336).
440.0 ft
134.11 meters
O/A Length
54.0 ft
16.46 meters
23.0 ft
7.01 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of HMCS Montreal (FFH-336).
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).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of HMCS Montreal (FFH-336).
1 x Sikorsky CH-148 "Cyclone" navalized helicopter supported from the stern.
Ships-in-Class (12)
Notable series variants as part of the HMCS Montreal (FFH-336) family line as relating to the Halifax-class group.
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)
Global operator(s) of the HMCS Montreal (FFH-336). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd - Canada
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Image of the HMCS Montreal (FFH-336)
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Mission Roles
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