Canada sending frigate to help in Libya evacuation

TORONTO - Canada will send a frigate tothe Mediterranean to help with efforts to get its citizens outof Libya, adding to the military buildup in the regionfollowing a revolt against the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.

Canada's defense department said on Tuesday the HMCSCharlottetown, which carries about 240 officers and sailors,will leave Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 2. It is expected totake about seven days to reach its destination.

"HMCS Charlottetown will augment the Canadian Forcespresence already in the region supporting Government of Canadaevacuation operations," it said in a statement.

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