CAPTION: The captain of the French warship Forbin says the vessel sailed to Montreal to participate in Remembrance Day events in the city.
Thomas Fraioli says the frigate was involved in anti-ISIL operations earlier this year. (Nov 10, 2017) SOUNDBITE: Thomas Fraioli, Forbin captain PLACELINE: Montreal CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: After taking part in anti-ISIL missions and a multinational training excercise, a French warship has docked in Montreal for what may be a less onerous mission: joining the city's Remembrance Day ceremonies.
The 153-metre, 7,000-tonne aerial defence warship "Forbin" sailed up from Norfolk, Virginia, where it recently participated in the U.S.-led training exercise "Bold Alligator" along with vessels from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Ship Captain Thomas Fraioli said some 60 members of the ship's crew will join Saturday's ceremony as a way of highlighting the long military history between the two countries. "We had the opportunity to come celebrate Nov. 11, which is very important in France and is celebrated every year by celebrating the participation of Canadian forces during World War I," he said in an interview.
On Friday, the ship's crew played host to journalists and photographers to mark the beginning of the five-day visit to Montreal. "Duck your head, lift your feet," was the advice given to visitors as they navigated the destroyer's steep metal staircases, narrow passages and windy decks.