For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS FREDERICTON 337
Floated up at Saint John on 26 Jun 1993, Fredericton was commissioned there on 10 Sep 1994, and was to be based at Halifax. On 05 Apr 1995, while in the Gulf of Aden on a tour of Middle East ports to demonstrate Canadian warship technology, Fredericton answered a distress call from the yacht Longo Barda, which was under attach by pirates. On 28 Nov 1995, "Freddie" departed Halifax for a six-month tour in the Adriatic with SNFL, acting as flagship from 29 Feb to 11 Mar 1996, and then from 17 to 19 Mar 1996 as flagship to Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (SNFM). She returned home on 4 Apr 1996. In the fall of 1996 she took part in a NATO exercise in the Norwegian Sea, suffering storm damage on the homeward journey. She was again employed as a NATO unit 06 Jan - 15 Apr 1997 and 21 Mar - 14 Aug 2000. Fredericton participated with SNFL again between 05 Mar and 27 Jul 2001.
On 6 May 2009 a fire broke out in the forward engine room of the Fredericton. The fire was suppressed within a few minutes and the ship made a brief stop at the home base of Halifax before being given the all-clear to return to sea. Fredericton departed Halifax, N.S. on 25 Oct 2009 to commence her transit to the Gulf of Aden, northern Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. She became part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) in Nov 2009 and remained with SNMG1 until Feb 2010 conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. On 18 Nov 2010, HMCS Fredericton “briefly came into contact” with USNS Kanawha during a replenishment-at-sea manoeuvre off the coast of Florida. There were no injuries, but both ships suffered “superficial” damage consisting of scrapes and dents on both hulls.
On 30 Dec 2014 Fredericton departed Halifax for the Mediterranean to replace HMCS Toronto as Canada's contribution to OP REASSURANCE. During the seven-month long deployment she visited 13 different countries and 23 ports; sailed in the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and North Seas; completed 23 Replenishments at Sea; and, sailed 32,532 NM (60,250 kms). After being relieved by HMCS Winnipeg, Fredericton returned to Halifax on 12 Jul 2015.
On 05 Jan 2016, HMCS Fredericton departed Halifax for the Mediterranean Sea in support of OP REASSURANCE. On 11Feb 2016 HMCS Fredericton was detached, along with FGS Bonn and TCG Barbados, to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to assist in ending the human smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece.
After completion of EXERCISE SPARTAN WARRIOR 24 Oct -16 Nov 2016, HMCS Fredericton visited the ports of Havana, Cuba; Cartagena, Colombia; and Veracruz, Mexico.