The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton has returned to its home port of Halifax in Nova Scotia, after completing a Nato mission.
The vessel was deployed with standing Nato maritime forces in Lisbon, Portugal, as part of Operation Reassurance, in a bid to support Nato-led maritime assurance measures in the Mediterranean Sea.
Deployed in January, HMCS Fredericton was responsible for patrolling the Mediterranean and Black Seas and monitor shipping to detect, deter, and protect against terrorist activity as part of Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).
Canadian National Defence Minister Jason Kenney said: "HMCS Fredericton’s exceptional performance on Operation Reassurance demonstrates Canada’s continued commitment to international security and stability, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
"The Royal Canadian Navy continues to demonstrate our nation’s ability to provide maritime support around the world wherever instability arises."
During the deployment, the vessel operated with 121 different ships, including 21 different Nato navies. It was also the flagship of SNMG2 for 16 days.
In addition, HMCS Fredericton participated in several joint Nato training exercises during the deployment, including exercises Joint Warrior, Dynamic Mongoose, and Baltops.
Royal Canadian Navy commander vice admiral Mark Norman said: "HMCS Fredericton’s success on Operation Reassurance represents the Royal Canadian Navy’s ability and willingness to react rapidly to crises worldwide and to work side by side with our Nato allies."
HMCS Fredericton is equipped with a new combat management system, new radar capability, new electronic warfare system, andupgraded communications and missiles, as well as a new integrated platform management system.
It was the first modernised frigate to deploy in support of Canadian Government objectives.
Image: Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Fredericton. Photo: courtesy of Rick Kelly.