Damaged navy ship on its way to Halifax
HMCS Athabaskan heads past Georges Island as it heads out of the harbour in Halifax, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 11:11AM AST
HALIFAX -- A navy warship whose hull was damaged while being towed from Ontario to Halifax has resumed its journey to its home port.
The Department of National Defence says the HMCS Athabaskan left North Sydney around 8:30 a.m. Sunday and will arrive in Halifax in two or three days.
The military says tethering lines broke as the destroyer was being towed in rough waters off a rocky shoal near Cape Breton.
It had said minor, temporary repairs were made on the 40-year-old vessel to ensure its hull is watertight during the towing process.
The military says once the HMCS Athabaskan arrives in Halifax, officials will conduct a thorough assessment on the ship's condition.
The vessel had just undergone a $26.7 million refit in St. Catharines, Ont.