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HMCS Toronto participates in Norwegian Navy exercise with SNMG1 during Op REASSURANCE

RCN Public Affairs, 12 December 2020.

HMCS Toronto is currently deployed with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) on Operation REASSURANCE as part of NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

On November 3, after a two-week rest and maintenance period in Portsmouth, England, Toronto returned to sea to begin the second half of its operation. On November 9, while transiting the North Sea, Toronto bid farewell to the Belgian Naval Ship Leopold I that had joined SNMG1 at the end of September.

From November 16 to 27, HMCS Toronto took part in the Royal Norwegian Navy’s exercise FLOTEX SILVER 20 off the coasts of Norway above the Arctic Circle.

The exercise provided training opportunities designed to test a wide range of skills, including anti-submarine warfare, in challenging conditions. The demonstration and maintenance of the operational effectiveness of NATO forces is an important part of the deterrent value of NATO and promotes cooperation and interoperability between allies.

During the exercise, Toronto’s Air Detachment completed its first flight with the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter above the Arctic Circle, a great milestone for the CH-148 fleet.

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