HMCS Fredericton replaces HMCS Toronto in support of NATO-led maritime assurance measures in the Mediterranean Sea

Navy News / January 7, 2015

The Royal Canadian Navy frigate, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton, arrived in Lisbon, Portugal January 6 to join Standing NATO Maritime Forces as part of Operation Reassurance, Canada’s contribution to NATO-led assurance measures that promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

HMCS Fredericton is the first modernized high-readiness frigate to deploy overseas in support of Government of Canada objectives and replaces HMCS Toronto, which had been conducting maritime security operations and joint NATO training exercises in the Mediterranean Sea as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) since August 2014.

Operation Reassurance refers to the military activities under taken by the Canadian Armed Forces to support NATO assurance measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.

HMCS Fredericton completed her modernization/frigate life extension refit in November 2014. The ship has upgraded and enhanced capabilities including a new Combat Management System, new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system, upgraded communications and missiles, as well as a new Integrated Platform Management System.

HMCS Toronto participated in various joint NATO training exercises as part of its Operation Reassurance deployment, including Exercises Noble Justification, Mavi Balina and a historic deployment to the Black Sea for Exercise Sea Breeze. These joint NATO training exercises provided important opportunities to strengthen military-to-military and diplomatic relationships, as well as the promotion of shared security principles, defence professionalization and capacity building among the participating nations.

While operating in the Black Sea, HMCS Toronto led Task Unit 02 (TU.02) of SNMG2, which included the Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón. TU.02 operated with the Romanian frigate Regele Ferdinand, the American destroyer USS Ross, and with naval vessels from Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine.

“HMCS Toronto’s performance over the last seven months set a high standard for future maritime deployments in the region as her ship’s company consistently provided outstanding service to Canada and her NATO allies in support of NATO assurance measures,” said Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command. “HMCS Fredericton will build on these accomplishments, providing the Government of Canada and NATO with a highly versatile and robust maritime asset that can quickly and effectively respond to ongoing and emerging NATO requirements.”

HMCS Toronto will be returning to Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard, Halifax, in late January.