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HMCS Charlottetown deploys to become flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2

His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, to join and assumeflagship duties of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) as part of Operation REASSURANCE in the Mediterranean Sea.

Over the next six months, HMCS Charlottetown will execute missions and participate in international exercises in support of regional maritime security in the Mediterranean. The Royal Canadian Navy’s involvement in SNMG2 demonstrates Canada’s continued participation in NATO and strengthens military cooperation with our allies and partners in the region.

This iteration of Canadianparticipation in SNMG2 coincides with the 75th anniversary of NATO and the 10th anniversary of Operation REASSURANCE. As one of the twelve founding members of NATO, Canada has consistently been instrumental in trans-Atlantic defence, and since 2014, Canada has been a key partner in the defence of NATO’s Eastern flank.

“As a founding member of NATO, Canada is steadfastly committed to Euro-Atlantic security – and that is why we regularly deploy Royal Canadian Navy warships to sail under the NATO flag. I am especially proud that HMCS Charlottetown will soon be the flagship ofStanding NATO Maritime Group 2, which is a testament to the confidence that our Allies have in Canada’s Navy. To the ship’s company: thank you for your service to Canada. I wish you fair winds and following seas.”

The Honorable Bill Blair, Minister of Defence

“I am incredibly proud of the crew of HMCS Charlottetown, who worked tirelessly the past few months and are now in all respects ready for their unique deployment as Flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 2. An operation of this magnitude is a significant commitment for the Royal Canadian Navy and demonstrates our ability to adapt to evolving operational environments while assuming leadership at sea. HMCS Charlottetown, you are the forefront of that commitment, and we look forward to witnessing your success throughout your mission. Fair winds!”

Rear-Admiral Josée Kurtz, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • SNMG2 is one of four Standing Naval Forces that operate under NATO Allied Maritime Command. These groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and in periods of crisis and conflict. They help to establish alliance presence and deterrence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support transformation and NATO interoperability, and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing missions.
  • HMCS Charlottetown’s deployment under Operation REASSURANCE supports the military activities undertaken by the CAF to support NATO assurance and deterrence measures. Through training, exercises, demonstrations, and other assigned NATO tasks, Canada demonstrates its commitment to security and stability in the region.

HMCS Charlottetown is a Halifax-class frigate. Halifax-class frigates have a crew of approximately 240 including Royal Canadian Navy sailors and Royal Canadian Air Force aviators to fly and support the ship’s embarked CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter.

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