Alberta Mirror

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

No damages announced after Canadian frigate takes fire at sea

Key takeaways: 

  • HMCS Fredericton’s team members covered the fire before taking the ship into a Norwegian port for improvements.
  • Eventually, no damage was reported when the fire was caught. 

Canadian Frigates catch fire at sea: 

A Canadian frigate working as the flagship for one of NATO’s standing marine organisations has been destroyed by fire off the shore of Norway.

The fire happened aboard HMCS Fredericton on Thursday daylight local time, according to a NATO social media post.

The fire was doused by the team.

“There were no damages and the ship is now moving towards a Norwegian port to handle renovations,” NATO Maritime Command announced in a Twitter statement. Source – cbc.ca

Canada’s military services command announced on social media that the fire was limited to the forward engine reach.

A spokesperson for enforcement command, talking in the background, stated the fire was observed before sunrise by one team member and immediately fix out.

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The frigate is moving to port under its control and is still working as the NATO flagship.

A rehabilitation program will be put collectively once the ship is in port.

CBC News announced in early 2020 that Canada’s line of front-line frigates had at that time reported ten shipboard fires or smoke events over the past two years.

The leader of the navy at the time, Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, said all of the events were trivial. They also worked as a stark warning that the warships, built in the 1990s, are now in the second half of their operational lifespans and will need more care and maintenance.

McDonald is now a complete officer and was named chief of the defence staff, but is presently on holiday.

Only several of the fires were announced publicly by the Department of National Defence (DND) within 2018 and 2020.

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