HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337)
HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337)
|Namesake:||Fredericton, New Brunswick|
|Builder:||Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John|
|Laid down:||25 April 1992|
|Launched:||26 June 1993|
|Commissioned:||10 September 1994|
|Refit:||HCM/FELEX OCT 2011-OCT 2012|
|Motto:||"Stalker of the Seas"|
|Fate:||Active in service|
|Badge:||Vert, a bend wavy argent charged with a like bendlet azure and overall a Bengal tiger prepared to leap.|
|Class & type:||Halifax-class frigate|
|Displacement:||3,995 tonnes (light)
4,795 tonnes (operational)
5,032 tonnes (deep load)
|Length:||134.2 m (440 ft)|
|Beam:||16.5 m (54 ft)|
|Draught:||7.1 m (23 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 × LM2500 Gas turbines
1 × SEMT Pielstick Diesel engine
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Range:||9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km; 10,900 mi)|
|Complement:||225 (including air detachment)|
|Armament:||24 × Honeywell Mk 46 torpedoes
16 × Evolved Sea-Sparrow SAM
8 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
1 × 57 mm Bofors Mk2 gun
1 × 20 mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
6 × .50 Caliber machine guns
|Aircraft carried:||1 × CH-124 Sea King|
HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1994. Fredericton is the eighth ship in her class which is based on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project. She is the second vessel to carry the designation HMCS Fredericton.
Fredericton was laid down on 25 April 1992 at Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John and launched on 26 June 1993. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 10 September 1994 and carries the hull classification symbol 337. On 6 October 2011, Fredericton was turned over to Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax Ship Yards, to start a mid-life upgrading and modernization. "Fredericton" was returned to CFB Halifax Dockyard on 24 January 2013
Fredericton has also participated in several NATO missions, patrolling the Atlantic Ocean as part of Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) and its successor Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1).
A fire broke out in the forward engine room of the frigate on 6 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.
HMCS Fredericton departed Halifax, N.S. on 25 October 2009 to commence her transit to the Gulf of Aden, northern Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. She integrated into Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) in November 2009 and remained with SNMG1 until February 2010 conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Following a Rest and Maintenance Period (RAMP), Fredericton integrated into Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to conduct counter-terror patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman. The ship sailed from Halifax with a complement of approximately 250 officers and crew, including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment. HMCS Fredericton returned home on 4 May 2010, the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy.
On 18 November 2010, HMCS Fredericton “briefly came into contact” with USNS Kanawha during a replenishment-at-sea manoeuvre off the coast of Florida. There were no injuries, but both ships suffered “superficial” damage consisting of scrapes and dents on both hulls.
Lineage - Fredericton
First of Name
HMCS Fredericton (K245) Corvette, Revised Flower Class Commissioned 8 December 1941 Paid off 9 July 1945
Second of Name
This is the current ship with the name Fredericton
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- "HMCS Fredericton sails to Somalia". CBC News. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- "Former CO". National Defence. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
- Navy assessing damage after fire aboard frigate, 8 May 2009
- "HMCS Fredericton slightly damaged in accident". CBC. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
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