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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Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2)

Commander SNMG2 Commodore  Boudewijn Boots Royal Netherlands Navy Flagship – HNLMS Evertsen Royal Netherlands Navy F-805 – De Zeven Provinciën-Class Frigate HMCS Toronto Royal Canadian Navy FFH 333 – Halifax Class Frigate TCG Gelibolu Turkish Navy F493 – Gabya Class Guided-Missile Frigates (former Oliver Hazard Perry-class) ESPS Santa Maria Spanish Navy F81 – Santa Maria Class Frigate FGS Bonn German Navy A1413 – Berlin Class Replenishment Ship ALS Butrinti Albanian Naval Force P134 – Damen Stan 4207 patrol boat HS Kalypso Hellenic Navy M64 – Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter HS…

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First Cyclone deployment “outstanding”

January 24, 2019 – After six months away on Operation Reassurance, 21 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who deployed as the first Helicopter Air Detachment to operate and maintain a CH-148 Cyclone during deployed operations returned to Halifax January 21, 2019. Last July, the CH-148 Cyclone from 12 Wing Shearwater embarked in HMCS Ville de Quebec along with the ship’s HELAIRDET. The detachment comprised eight aircrew, one mission support member, and 12 technicians from the aviation systems, avionics systems, aircraft structures, and air weapons trades. HMCS Ville de…

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Ville de Quebec Home From SNMG2

January 21, 2019 – HMCS Ville de Quebec has completed her six-month deployment with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and returned to Halifax today. On January 19, 2019, HMCS Toronto left Halifax to take her place as the maritime component of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. After several years absence, it is nice to see Canada maintaining NATO duty at sea. Official RCN photos

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US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

January 16, 2019 – NATO’s standing naval forces are integrated into the NATO Response Force, and provide the Alliance with a continuous presence at sea. These multinational forces regularly carry out patrols, exercises and port visits, work with partners, and can be rapidly deployed in times of tension or crisis. They also support the Alliance’s Aegean deployment – helping to cut lines of illegal migration between Greece and Turkey. NATO’s naval forces consist of four groups: Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 and 2, and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups 1…

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NATO ships Train with Egyptian Navy at Sea

December 6, 2018 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a port visit to Alexandria, Egypt from 2 to 4 December followed by a Passing Exercise with the Egyptian Navy on 5 December. Although hampered by the weather conditions, the Passing Exercise consisted of a tactical maneuvering exercise, helicopter operations, replenishment practice and enhanced interoperability between the NATO and Egyptian Navy ships. The frigate ENS Alexandria, the fast missile ship ENS Soliman Ezzat and the replenishment ship ENS Shalatin participated from the Egyptian navy. Egypt is…

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