Two Halifax-based navy ships are heading to Haiti to help with their security crisis.

His Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Glace Bay and Moncton will conduct presence patrols in and around Haitian waters in the coming weeks, focusing on the waters in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince.

The deployment to the region will contribute to Canada’s maritime situational awareness and will seek to bolster efforts to establish and maintain peace and security for the people of Haiti.

The Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs) are multi-role vessels with a primary mission of coastal surveillance and patrol.

“Violent, armed gangs are using murder, rape, kidnapping and more to terrorize vulnerable Haitians,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday, as he acknowledged their scary situation.

About 90 sailors are on board the two Kingston-class ships, which have already been deployed for about a month in Operation Projection in West Africa.

Once they arrive, they will stay for a number of weeks.