Poltorak Meets with Canadian Delegation

July 8, 2019 – Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has held a meeting with the Canadian delegation as part of the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises, the ministry’s press service has reported. “Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has met with the Canadian delegation headed by Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Mr. Roman Waschuk, on board the Royal Canadian Navy frigate Toronto, which is participating in the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises. Poltorak has thanked the Canadian side for the consistent support for Ukraine during the armed aggression from…

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HMCS Toronto Flight Ops

HMCS Toronto’s CH-148 helicopter deploying decoy flares in June while operating with NATO’s SNMG2. The aircraft, originally designed for offshore oil industry passenger service, retained the passenger windows. At last report, electronics and full combat capability will not be until 2013, an incredible 48 years after Sea King Replacement program launched. The CH-148 also has the same limitation of the CH-124 Sea King, having no ASuW (Anti-Surface Warfare) capability.

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RCN to Make Rare Appearance at Kieler Woche

June 14, 2019 – HMCS Toronto is scheduled to attend the 125th Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) June 21. Fresh from a term of duty with SNMG2 in the Mediterranean, Toronto is heading north to the Baltic Sea to attend this event along with dozens of other warships from the USA and Europe. In the first decades of its existence, the Kieler Woche was a pure sailing event. There is no question that the 125th edition of what is now the largest summer festival in Northern Europe also offers many innovations…

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NATO ships exercise with Romanian Navy in the Black Sea

Sea Shield 2019, an annual Romanian-led naval exercise, wrapped up in the Black Sea on Friday (12 April 2019). The exercise, which began on 5 April, involved more than 20 ships and crews from Romania, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey, as well as Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the United States and Turkey. Five ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) participated in the exercise. Five ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) are participating in the annual Romanian-led naval exercise Sea Shield in the Black Sea…

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HMCS Toronto Exercises With URS Pryluky

April 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Pryluky missile boat of the Ukrainian Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto have conducted joint maneuvers in the Black Sea, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported. “During the exercises, the Ukrainian missile boat Pryluky and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate FFH 333 Toronto have completed tasks on tactical maneuvering and conducted joint practical artillery firing and a series of training exercises with Ukrainian Navy aircraft,” reads the statement. It notes that operating officers from the Royal…

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NATO Frigates Toronto and Santa Maria in Odessa

April 1, 2019 – “The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) and the Spanish Navy frigate Santa Maria (F-81) have moored to the berth of the Odessa Marine Station. These ships carry out the patrol in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). They arrived in Odesa on a friendly visit to have a rest and will stay there for three days,” the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reports. As noted, Toronto and Santa Maria entered the Black Sea…

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Dynamic Manta 2019 Completed

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Dynamic Manta 2019 has ended , one of NATO ‘s most important annual exercises , aimed at ensuring constant interoperability between air, surface and underwater forces in the anti-submarine struggle . Five submarines, nine ships, eight helicopters and seven maritime patrol aircraft from Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Canada and France took part in the exercise, which began on 26 February in Catania and took place in the central Mediterranean. , Germany and the United States. The exercise was conducted by…

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