On April 29, 2020, six members of the Canadian Armed Forces were killed when a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed while conducting maritime surveillance operations. The helicopter was deployed with HMCS Fredericton under Operation REASSURANCE as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). At the time of the accident, the Canadian ship was conducting collaborative training with Italian and Turkish ships.
Since 2014, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed a frigate on a persistent rotational basis to be employed for exercises and operational tasks in the NATO Maritime Command’s areas of responsibility.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton’s deployment is part of a range of military activities undertaken by the CAF under Operation REASSURANCE to support NATO assurance and deterrence measures aimed at reinforcing NATO’s collective defence and strengthening Allied solidarity. These activities include the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations, and assigned NATO tasks, reinforcing Canada’s commitment to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.
On April 29, 2020, six members of the CAF were killed when a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed while operating from HMCS Fredericton as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2. At…