In the early morning of November 18th, 2021 while at sea off the coast of Norway, a fire occurred onboard the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, Canadian warship HMCS Fredericton.
According to a statement from NATO:
“Upon discovery of the fire, the crew immediately took action and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries and the ship is now proceeding towards a Norwegian port to conduct repairs. The ship was assisted by several other NATO warships that were serving in Standing Naval Maritime Group 1, as well as the Norwegian Coast Guard. SNMG1 is continuing on mission to take part in the Norwegian Flotex Silver 21 Exercise.”
Halifax Class frigate HMCS Fredericton was commissioned on September 10th, 1994, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
A fire broke out previously in the forward engine room of the frigate in May 2009. 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.
In April 2020, it was reported the frigate’s CH-148 Cyclone had crashed into the Ionian Sea, near the Greek island of Cephalonia. The helicopter had been returning from a NATO training mission, with six members of the Canadian Armed Forces on board, at the time of the incident. Of the six service members killed, four were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, with the remaining two members of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Fredericton departed Halifax on the 24th of July 2021 for a six-month deployment with NATO in European waters.