HMCS Toronto Makes His­tory in the Black Sea

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HMCS Toronto made his­tory as the first Hal­i­fax­class frigate to voy­age into the Black Sea when she sailed through the Turk­ish Straits on 6 Septem­ber 2014. It had been more than twenty years since a Cana­dian war­ship had vis­ited the Black Sea and she is the first of her class of ship.

HMCS Toronto de­ployed in the Black Sea from 6 to 25 Septem­ber to take part in joint NATO train­ing ex­er­cises and mar­itime sit­u­a­tional aware­ness op­er­a­tions as part of Op­er­a­tion RE­AS­SUR­ANCE.

The ship en­tered the fa­bled body of wa­ter as the com­mand ship for Task Unit 02 (TU.02) of Stand­ing NATO Mar­itime Group 2 (SNMG2), where the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Com­man­der (Cdr) Ja­son Arm­strong, led a unit com­prised of HMCS Toronto, the Span­ish frigate SPS Almi­rante Juan de Bor­bón, and the Ro­ma­nian frigate Regele Fer­di­nand.

HMCS Toronto par­tic­i­pated in Ex­er­cise SEA BREEZE 14 from 8 to10 Septem­ber. Upon suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the ex­er­cise, Toronto spent the re­main­ing two weeks con­duct­ing ex­er­cises with Bul­gar­ian, Ro­ma­nian and Turk­ish al­lies in con­sort with Almi­rante Juan de Bor­bón. The train­ing ex­er­cises were a tes­ta­ment to the va­lid­ity of col­lec­tive train­ing, pro­vid­ing count­less learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to each par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tion.

HMCS Toronto also con­ducted two diplo­matic port vis­its, one in Con­stanta, Ro­ma­nia and one in Varna, Bul­garia. Th­ese en­gage­ments al­lowed re­gional al­lies to in­ter­act with Cana­dian sailors and their ship, and demon­strated the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s com­mit­ment to NATO al­lies and the re­gion.

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