May 1, 2014 11:04 am

Canadian warship reassigned to NATO force

Canadian Royal Navy ship HMCS Regina cruises in the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, Tuesday Aug. 15, 2006.

File/The Candian Press

OTTAWA – Canada has diverted a warship to help NATO reassure eastern European allies who are jittery over the Ukraine crisis.

The frigate HMCS Regina, currently on counter-terrorism and anti-piracy patrols in the Arabian Sea, will be redirected.

A spokesperson for Defence Minister Rob Nicholson was unable to say where the warship will be going because NATO planning is still underway.

NATO said earlier this month it was beefing up maritime patrols in both the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean to help deter potential Russian ambitions.

Six Canadian CF-18 jetfighters left Bagotville, Quebec on Tuesday, headed for Romania, and eventual patrols along the border with Ukraine.

National Defence also said a team of navy clearance divers would deploy next month for an exercise in Latvia, one of the Baltic states under threat.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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