HMCS FRE July21

HMCS Halifax returns from Op Reassurance; HMCS Fredericton departs

RCN Public Affairs, 12 August 2021.

HMCS Halifax returned to Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Dockyard Halifax on July 19, 2021, after serving as flag ship to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) while deployed on Operation Reassurance. Over the course of the six-and-a-half-month deployment, Halifax participated in four joint multinational exercises with NATO partners and Allies. The serials conducted focused on naval task group interoperability, readiness, assurance and deterrence. The last of these NATO-led exercises was Dynamic Mongoose 21, which took place from June 28 to July 9, and focused on anti-submarine warfare.

On July 24, HMCS Fredericton set sail from HMC Dockyard Halifax to begin its own six-month deployment as flag ship for SNMG1. This is the fourth time Fredericton has deployed on Reassurance and the 16th time an RCN ship has supported NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern European waters since 2014.

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