HMCS Toronto Awarded U.S. Navy

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HMCS Toronto Awarded U.S. Navy Com­men­da­tion

Chief of Naval Op­er­a­tions Ad­mi­ral Jonathan Green­ert pre­sented the U.S. Navy Mer­i­to­ri­ous Unit Com­men­da­tion Fe­bru­ary 20th to HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) of the Royal Canadian Navy in Hal­i­fax.

U.S. Am­bas­sador to Canada Bruce Hey­man, Com­man­der of the RCN Vice-Ad­mi­ral Mark Nor­man, and sev­eral mem­bers of U.S. and Canadian gov­ern­ment and navy lead­er­ship also at­tended the cer­e­mony.

A non-U.S. naval force re­ceiv­ing a U.S. Navy unit dec­o­ra­tion is a rar­ity; this event mark­ing the fifth oc­cur­rence of such a dec­o­ra­tion in the last 45 years.

Re­turn­ing from their de­ploy­ment, the crew of Toronto was se­lected to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious award due to their con­tin­ued sup­port of Com­bined Task Force (CTF) 150. The Hal­i­fax-class frigate sig­nif­i­cantly dis­rupted the flow of drugs, crim­i­nal and ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in the U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand area of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

While de­ployed, Toronto re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded track­ing, board­ing and search­ing mar­itime con­tacts of in­ter­est to CTF-150. Among Toronto's ac­com­plish­ments dur­ing de­ploy­ment which be­gan in Fe­bru­ary of 2013, the ship's crew seized six large caches of il­le­gal drugs to in­clude 1,300 kilo­grams of heroin and six tons of hashish. Seizures of a large mag­ni­tude can sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect un­law­ful or­ga­ni­za­tions' abil­ity to fund il­le­gal op­er­a­tions.

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