Canada sending frigate to help in Libya evacuation

TORONTO - Canada will send a frigate to

the Mediterranean to help with efforts to get its citizens out
of Libya, adding to the military buildup in the region
following a revolt against the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.

Canada's defense department said on Tuesday the HMCS

Charlottetown, which carries about 240 officers and sailors,
will leave Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 2. It is expected to
take about seven days to reach its destination.

"HMCS Charlottetown will augment the Canadian Forces

presence already in the region supporting Government of Canada
evacuation operations," it said in a statement.