For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project




HMCS Toronto 333

Source: Facebook page "Royal Canadian Navy"


Gun shield art on

HMCS Toronto


Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944,   Arabian Sea



Laid down: 22 Apr 1989

Launched: 18 Dec 1990

Commissioned: 29 Jul 1993

Paid off: 


Third of her class to join the Navy, she was floated up on 18 December 1990, and commissioned at Toronto on 29 July 1993. From August 1994 until relieved by HMCS Montreal on 16 Jan 1995, Toronto was deployed to the Adriatic, for Operation Sharp Guard, to assist in enforcing the trade embargo against the former Yugoslavia. While so engaged she had been tasked to rescue Albanian refugees whose boat sank while crossing the Adriatic in an attempt to reach Italy. She returned to Halifax on 26 Jan 1995. In 1995, with Halifax and Terra Nova, she made a round of visits to European ports in commemoration of VE Day, en route taking part in the NATO exercise Linked Seas off Portugal. Toronto made a tour of eight Great Lakes ports in the fall of 1996. In January 1998 she sailed to join SNFL, and was detached on 10 February to the Persian Gulf to assist in carrying out sanctions against Iraq. She arrived back home on 16 June. Toronto again sailed for the Middle East on 5 December 2001, to join the US-led coalition against terrorism in Afghanistan, returning to Halifax on 27 May 2002.


On 14 Jan 2013 Toronto departed Halifax and arrived in the Arabian Sea on 3 Feb 2013 to begin her mission in Op ARTEMIS; returning to Halifax on February 27, 2014. Toronto departed again on 24 Jul 2014, for deployment in the Mediterranean with NATO. The cremated remains of several former service personnel were been embarked on HMCS Toronto and were committed to the sea on 09 Aug 2014 while Toronto was in the Mediterranean.


On 23 Jul 2015, Toronto was moved to the Irving Shipyard in Halifax to begin her Halifax Class Modernization Refit. She is the last of the Halifax Class frigates to receive this refit.


Commanding Officers

Cdr R.D. Murphy - 29 May 1992 - 18 Jun 1995

Cdr L.J. Fleck - 18 Jun 1995 - 26 Jun 1997

Cdr B.J. Johnson - 26 Jun 1997 - 07 Jan 1999

Cdr L.M. Hickey - 07 Jan 1999 - 17 Jul 2000

Cdr I.A. Paterson - 17 Jul 2000 - 


Cdr Jason Armstrong - unk - 12 Jun 2015

Cdr Steven Archers - 12 Jun 2015 -


Captain for the day


Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

Nael, OS - 2015



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bedard, Jacques







Gilson, Garfeild J.C.P


Graefner, Stewart


Hazelwood, Eric Eugene


Hebert, Craig Michael




Matchem, Clarence Calvin


Served in Toronto Jul 1999 - Jun 2001 C1SG, Cox'n

McGachy-Smith, Thomas


Mohr, Richard Walter


Murdock, John Raymond


Myles, Thomas



Pelletier, Jean







Webster, Andrew F.


Wroclawski, Joseph Paul Edward






Former Crew Members

Addison, Tim


Bishop, CPO1, Cox'n


Coombs, MS


Kloosterman, Steve, HT - 1994-1996

Matthews, Arthur, Sgt FF - Commissioning Crew


Murphy, AB


Oake, John, OSRM


Potsma, LS

Simpson, AB


Weir, Garry, P2RM - Aug 1994 - 1995 


Photos and Documents



HMCS Toronto - Commissioning Book - 1993

NCSM Toronto - La mise en service du - 1993


News Links

L’équipage du NCSM Toronto fait sa Course de l’Armée… au Barheïn - 20 Sep 2013

Canadian warship makes significant drug bust on the high seas - 05 Oct 2013

Heroin seized by Canadian warship link to terrorist groups - 06 Oct 2013

HMCS Toronto makes huge heroine bust on the high seas - 20 Dec 2013

HMCS Toronto intercepts massive haul of heroin in Indian Ocean - 19 Jan 2014

HMCS Toronto Gets New Engine - 02 Feb 2014

HMCS Toronto ends year abroad, heading home to Halifax for late February - 03 Feb 2014

HMCS Toronto To Soon Leave Arabian Sea - HMCS Regina To Take Over Duties - 03 Feb 2014

Canadian Frigate HMCS Toronto end tour in St. John's - 24 Feb 2014

HMCS Toronto home after Arabian Sea deployment - 27 Feb 2014

Watch HMCS Toronto sailors make a heroin bust - 27 Feb 2014

HMCS Toronto set to leave Halifax port for Mediterranean - 24 Jul 2014

Six Canadian Navy members in Turkey fight fire, evacuate burning building - 16 Nov 2014