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Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton returns home following six month mission

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WATCH: After nearly six months away, HMCS Fredericton has returned from its deployment in the North Atlantic and northern European waters. While the reception of the crew on the jetty was smaller than usual due to COVID-19 restrictions, families were happy to reunite. Alicia Draus reports – Dec 18, 2021

Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton has arrived in its homeport of Halifax after completing a six-month deployment in the North Atlantic and northern European waters.

It was chilly at the Halifax dockyard this morning as family and friends awaited the return of the crew.

HMCS Fredericton took part in Operation Reassurance, during which time the ship assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One, positioning Canada in a leadership role.

Commander Andrew Graham, commanding officer of HMCS Fredericton, and Commodore Bradley Peats, commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One. Alicia Draus/Global News

It made stops in a number of countries including Iceland, Norway, Finland, Scotland and England, and the return home was delayed by one day due to bad weather and rough seas.

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The deployment marks the fourth for HMCS Fredericton on Operation Reassurance, and sixth for a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter.

HMCS Fredericton has been in service in the Canadian Forces since 1994.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 18, 2021.

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