HMCS FRE fire ex 2021

HMCS Fredericton suffers engine room fire on Op Reassurance

RCN Public Affairs, 06 December 2021

Early in the morning of November 18, while deployed on Op Reassurance off the coast of Norway, a fire occurred in the forward engine room of HMCS Fredericton.

When the crew discovered the fire, they took action immediately and extinguished it. No one was injured.

After inspecting the ship and confirming there was no continued threat, the ship proceeded under its own power to Trondheim, Norway, for inspections and repairs. Throughout the episode, Fredericton was assisted by several other NATO warships that were part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, as well as Her Danish Majesty’s Ship Triton and the Norwegian Coast Guard.

At the time of writing, the ship is still alongside in Trondheim, concluding its initial investigation and planning repairs to the engine with support from back in Canada. Fredericton is expected to return home to Halifax as planned for the holiday period.

This incident is another stark reminder that, both alongside and at sea, fires in ships are a constant threat every sailor must be ready to fight.

Featuring image credit: RCN

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