Friday, September 11, 2009

PDP #99: Big Friggin' Frigate

It's not every day that a warship shows up at your (figurative) doorstep. Last weekend saw HMCS Ville de Québec, a Halifax-class frigate of the Canadian Navy, stop at the foot of Yonge Street in Toronto as part of a Great Lakes tour to buff naval volunteerism. If you only see vessels like this in pictures, it's easy to be unprepared for how massive they are. Today's frigate would be a cruiser a couple of generations back, with the effective firepower of a battleship for as long as it's got Harpoons in the tubes.

I wrote a novel set aboard one of these ships once. Maybe eventually it'll see the light of day.


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