The Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Fredericton, has been assigned to support Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea.
The frigate will join the Standing Nato Maritime Forces (SNMG) as part of Nato’s measures to ensure the security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.
The frigate will replace HMCS Winnipeg, which was serving the SNMG since July 2015.
Royal Canadian Navy commander and vice-admiral Mark Norman said: "The deployment of our modernised Halifax-class frigates and their world-class capabilities on Operation Reassurance demonstrates the Royal Canadian Navy`s continued readiness to respond to the security objectives set forth by the Government of Canada and the interoperability we share with our Nato allies."
Fredericton is the eighth Halifax-class modernisation / frigate life extension (HCM/FELEX) programme, which is a $4.3bn project aimed at enhancing and empowering the Canadian Navy’s existing fleet of frigates.
HMCS Fredericton is equipped with a crew of 250 personnel of all ranks, and an embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment.
Additional features include a combat management system, new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system upgrade, upgraded communications and missiles, as well as a new integrated platform management system.
The deployment is expected to empower Canada to enforce a diverse range of missions, joining forces with the allied efforts, including surveillance and monitoring, regional defence and diplomatic engagement, and capacity building.
Image: A file picture of HMCS Fredericton. Photo: courtesy of Rick Kelly / Wikipedia.