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First of modernized frigates set for duty

HMCS Toronto heads out of the Halifax harbour on Jan.14, 2013. .
HMCS Toronto heads out of the Halifax harbour on Jan.14, 2013. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX – Work has been completed on the first four Halifax-class navy frigates to be modernized under a $4.3 billion federal program.

Following recent sea trials, HMCS Fredericton is preparing for a resumption of duty early next year, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said Monday in Halifax.

The program also saw the modernization of HMCS Halifax, Calgary and Winnipeg.

Work is being done to add radar and command and control systems to the vessels, while upgrading radar and missile capabilities.

The program is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

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