Canada sends two warships to the Baltic Sea

Ottawa, June 26, 2022 (AFP) – Canada on Sunday deployed two warships to the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic, which joined two frigates already present in the region, to reinforce the eastern flank of NATO in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

HMCS Kingston and Summerside will be deployed for four months as part of “deterrent measures in Central and Eastern Europe”, launched after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the Canadian navy said in a statement.

In October, the ships will participate in underwater mine sweeping exercises and maintain a “high level of readiness” that will allow them to “respond quickly and effectively in support of any NATO operation”, it adds. -she.

HMCS Halifax and Montreal are due to return in July from Operation Reassurance, which aims to deter Russia from intervening in Central and Eastern European countries, and which is the largest in terms of manpower. led by Canada in Europe for a decade.