Fredericton Re­places Toronto in SNMG2

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The ship’s com­pany of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton de­ployed over­seas to join the Stand­ing NATO Mar­itime Forces in the Mediter­ranean Sea as part of NATO mea­sures to pro­mote se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in Cen­tral and Eastern Europe in light of Rus­sia’s ag­gres­sion against Ukraine.

The ship will re­place HMCS Toronto, which has been part of Stand­ing NATO Mar­itime Forces since Au­gust 2014.

Op­er­a­tion RE­AS­SUR­ANCE refers to the mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to sup­port NATO as­sur­ance mea­sures through the pro­vi­sion of mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties for train­ing, ex­er­cises, demon­stra­tions and as­signed NATO tasks.

Other than the Mar­itime Task Force, Canada’s con­tri­bu­tions to Op­er­a­tion RE­AS­SUR­ANCE has in­cluded an Air Task Force to aug­ment the NATO Baltic Air Polic­ing mission in Lithua­nia, and a Land Task Force in Eastern and Cen­tral Europe tak­ing part in train­ing ex­er­cises de­signed to de­velop and en­hance in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, readi­ness, joint op­er­a­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties and multi­na­tional re­sponses to po­ten­tial crises.

HMCS Fredericton’s de­ploy­ment in sup­port of NATO as­sur­ance mea­sures will pro­vide Canada with the flex­i­bil­ity to ex­e­cute a range of mis­sions across a broad spec­trum of op­er­a­tions in sup­port of the in­ter­na­tional ef­fort in the re­gion, in­clud­ing sur­veil­lance and mon­i­tor­ing, re­gional de­fence and diplo­matic en­gage­ment, and ca­pac­ity build­ing.

HMCS Fredericton will be the first mod­ern­ized frigate to deploy in sup­port of Gov­ern­ment of Canada ob­jec­tives. The Hal­i­fax-class mod­ern­iza­tion/ frigate life ex­ten­sion (HCM/FELEX) is a $4.3 bil­lion pro­gram to up­grade and en­hance the RCN’s ex­ist­ing fleet of frigates. The pro­gram has re­mained on bud­get and is sched­uled to be com­pleted by 2018.

The FELEX in­cludes a new Com­bat Man­age­ment Sys­tem, new radar ca­pa­bil­ity, a new elec­tronic war­fare sys­tem, up­graded com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mis­siles, as well as a new In­te­grated Plat­form Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

HMCS Fredericton ar­rives in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal, to re­place HMCS Toronto in sup­port of NATO-led Mar­itime As­sur­ance Mea­sures, Jan­uary 6, 2015.

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