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HMCS Fredericton Returns from Operation REASSURANCE


HMCS FREDERICTON makes its final approach towards the Spanish Ship ESPS PATINO to conduct a Replenishment at Sea during Operation REASSURANCE on 1 June 2023 in the Mediterranean Sea. Credit: Cpl Noé Marchon, Canadian Armed Forces Photo

His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton has returned to its home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia after a successful six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. In January 2023, HMCS Fredericton departed Halifax to deploy under Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

As the maritime component of Op REASSURANCE, HMCS Fredericton was assigned to operate as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). NATO’s standing naval forces provide the Alliance with a continuous naval presence and carry out a programme of scheduled exercises and port visits, and can be rapidly deployed in times of crisis or tension.

HMCS Fredericton has been replaced on Operation REASSURANCE by HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Summerside who are now operating as part of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1). The persistent Canadian contribution to NATO’s naval forces highlights Canada’s commitment to NATO and its crucial contribution in resources and capabilities.

“I’m glad to welcome the crew of HMCS Fredericton home following their successful participation in Operation REASSURANCE. Conducting operations with our NATO allies and defending security and stability in Europe as its being challenged is a significant endeavour and our crew rose to the task. The Royal Canadian Navy will continue it work to ensure that we have the resources ready to support such tasks in the future.” – Rear Admiral Steve Waddell, Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy

“I am extremely proud of the crew of HMCS Fredericton. The dedication and commitment of the ship and its crew during this mission shows the high level of training and professionalism that are the hallmarks of our Canadian sailors. By participating in joint deployments with NATO, the Royal Canadian Navy demonstrates its ability to achieve success in complex operational environments in partnership with allies.” – Rear Admiral Josée Kurtz, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic and Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic



• Canada has deployed Royal Canadian Navy ships on Operation REASSURANCE on a continuous, rotational basis since 2014, following Russia’s illegal invasion of Crimea.

• Operation REASSURANCE is Canada’s largest current international military operation. In addition to a persistent naval presence in European waters, it includes the Canada-led multinational NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia, and a Tactical Air Lift Detachment based out of Prestwick, Scotland.

• Standing NATO Maritime Forces are multinational, integrated maritime task groups made up of vessels from various Allied countries. These vessels are available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from exercises to operational missions. They also establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support partner engagement, and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing missions.

• In total, HMCS Fredericton sailed 35,186 nautical miles and visited seven countries, including a non-NATO port visit to Tunis, Tunisia in support of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue initiative and conducted a diplomatic visit to Split, Croatia in support of Canada-Croatia bilateral relations.

• During its deployment, HMCS Fredericton participated in three multinational exercises; Dynamic Manta 23, a NATO Maritime Command-led anti-submarine warfare exercise; Mare Aperto 23, an Italian navy-led maritime and amphibious exercise; and Flotex 23, a Spanish navy-led joint advanced exercise.

• HMCS Fredericton is a Halifax-class frigate with a crew of approximately 250 personnel of all ranks, including a CH-148 Cyclone air detachment. This vessel provides significant combat capability and a high degree of mission flexibility thanks to its onboard helicopter.


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