The Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg is set to join Nato forces in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of Operation Reassurance.
Operation Reassurance aims to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe in the wake of political conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The vessel, with a crew of 250 personnel, will replace HMCS Fredericton, which has been part of Standing Nato Maritime Forces since January 2015.
HMCS Winnipeg commanding officer Commander Pascal Belhumeur said: "Our sailors demonstrated exceptional drive, dedication and devotion as we conducted an intensive training programme tailored to our upcoming mission.
"HMCS Winnipeg is in all respects ready to join our Nato allies and continue the Royal Canadian Navy’s tradition of operational excellence."
With this opportunity, Winnipeg will be the first to deploy an enhanced naval boarding party (ENBP), a capability used in support of maritime interdiction operations.
Beford joining the Nato operation, the vessel will take part in Operation Caribbe for approximately three weeks.
The Caribbe operation is a multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organised crime syndicates in the Caribbean sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
The RCN modernised HMCS Winnipeg as part of the $4.3bn Halifax-class modernisation / frigate life extension (HCM/FELEX) programme.
The programme includes new combat management system, radar capability, electronic warfare system, upgraded communications, and advanced missiles.
Image: The Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg. Photo: courtesy of Royal Canadian Navy.