09/01/2011 10:18 EDT | Updated 11/01/2011 05:12 EDT

HMCS Charlottetown Returning To Halifax After Libya Mission

HALIFAX - HMCS Charlottetown will return to port in Halifax on Friday following a deployment with a NATO force off Libya.

The frigate and its 240-member crew are to arrive at 10 a.m. AT at the naval dockyard.

In March, Canada sent fighter jets, patrol planes, aerial tankers and the warship to join a UN-sanctioned mission to protect civilians from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

In June, the warship came under fire from rockets fired from shore but wasn't hit.

In April, it was fired on by small fast-attack boats but sustained no damage.

Charlottetown is being replaced on the mission by HMCS Vancouver.

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