2020 News 

SNMG1 Visiting Kiel June 17th

June 12, 2020 (Google Translation) – The NATO frigate association SNMG 1 (Standing NATO Maritime Group 1) arrives at the naval base in Kiel on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The Norwegian frigate HNoMS “Otto Sverdrup” leads the association as a flagship. In addition, the Canadian frigate HMCS “Fredericton” and the German fuel transporter “Rhön” currently belong to SNMG 1. After the ships were moved from the Mediterranean to Northern European waters a few weeks ago, they took part in the “JOINT WARRIOR” maneuver off Scotland, practiced with Swedish and Finnish…

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Directorate of Flight Safety releases initial report on CH-148 Cyclone accident

June 8, 2020 – The Department of National Defence’s Airworthiness Investigative Authority has issued its From the Investigator (FTI) report in relation to the accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter on Wednesday, 29 April 2020. The helicopter was deployed on HMCS Fredericton under Operation REASSURANCE when it crashed in the Ionian Sea. All six occupants of the helicopter were fatally injured. The FTI report is a brief summary of the circumstances and factual information known at this time. It does not provide full details surrounding the…

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Russian fleet monitors NATO exercises launched in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2020 – Radio SputnikThe Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation is closely monitoring the exercises of NATO countries Baltops-2020, the Russian National Defense Management Center said on Monday. “The forces and means of the Baltic Fleet watched the exercises the US Navy and European countries Baltops-2020 held from 7 to 19 June in the waters of the southern and central parts of the Baltic Sea” – said in a release, reports RIA Novosti. The annual Baltops exercise kicked off on Sunday and runs through June 16th. Naval exercises…

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COMMARLANT RADM Craig Baines Statement on Stalker 22 Salvage

June 3, 2020 – At 10:00 a.m. Atlantic time yesterday, the decision was made to conclude the recovery operation that was led by a combined Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and United States Navy (USN) team. After eight days over the crash site we achieved what we set out to accomplish – we located the helicopter, we have recovered some remains of our fallen and we have retrieved multiple pieces of the aircraft that will assist in the ongoing flight safety investigation. While we were able to recover remains of some…

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Statement from the family of Master Corporal Matthew Cousins

May 29, 2020 – On April 29, 2020 Matthew Cousins was tragically taken from us during a NATO exercise in the Ionian sea while serving aboard the H.M.C.S Fredericton. Matthew’s career in the Canadian Armed Forces spanned 26 years. His interests took him from being a reserve Infantryman, to a regular force RMS Clerk, and eventually an Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator. As a loving father and family man these career decisions were influenced by his need to provide more stability for his family. As his children grew, the adventure of…

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US Navy Locates HMCS Fredericton CH-148 Cyclone Wreckage

May 27, 2020 – In the early morning of May 27, 2020, a combined Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and United States Navy (USN) search and recovery team arrived at the CH-148 Cyclone crash site, which is approximately 220 nautical miles east of Catania, Sicily. The REMORA III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) then dove to a depth of 3143 meters and quickly located a large piece of the fuselage. Remains of our fallen CAF personnel were also found in the vicinity of the wreckage. Over the next hours and days, the recovery…

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Statements from the Family of Captain Maxime Miron-Morin RCAF

Maxime Miron-Morin, February 24, 1991 – April 29, 2020. Captain Maxime Miron-Morin (Max) RCAF was tragically lost in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash while proudly serving Canada aboard HMCS Fredericton in support of Operation REASSURANCE. **************************************** Max was a genuine and patient soul; his authenticity and approachable demeanor instantly drew people to him. He had the time of day and then some for every person who crossed his path and was ready to help in any situation without hesitation. Life was instantly better with Max around – with his infectious…

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