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HMCS Toronto deals with minor on board fire on Christmas Day

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MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER

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No one was injured during a minor Christmas Day fire on board HMCS Toronto.

National Defence Department spokeswoman Ashley Lemire said the ship’s rapid response team quickly put out the fire on Thursday after it started in the after auxiliary machinery room.

“All the members of the ship’s company who were exposed to smoke have been checked out by the medical professionals on board and have been verified as medically fit to return to full duties,” she said on Saturday night.

“All of these individuals have also spoken with their families.”

The ship has returned to duty in the Mediterranean Sea and Lemire said there would be an investigation into the cause of the fire.

HMCS Toronto was deployed in July as part of Operation Reassurance, the response to Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine. The ship replaced HMCS Regina.

It’s not been an uneventful trip for the Halifax-based frigate.

Six crew members helped fight a fire and evacuate a building in November while on shore leave in Antalya, Turkey. Sailors were on the port visit following a Turkish-led anti-submarine warfare exercise as part of NATO activities related to the situation in Ukraine.

The ship was first deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, leaving Halifax on July 24. HMCS and its 250-person crew is tasked with boarding, finding, reporting and tracking vessels suspected of terrorist-related activities in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the National Defence Department.

In September the ship operated in the Black Sea where it took part in several exercises with ships from NATO partner nations. It also grabbed headlines when two Russian fighter jets and a surveillance plane buzzed the ship within 600 metres, moves Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson at the time said were “unnecessarily provocative” and “likely to increase tensions further.”

A defence analyst downplayed the exchange between the jets and the ship, saying it was relatively standard practice.

It’s expected HMCS Fredericton will be deployed in the coming weeks to replace HMCS Toronto.
 

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Perhaps it was the Festivus pole that fell over in rough seas and shorted out a piece of equipment?  If they are not on the base firmly enough they can tip pretty easily.  My uncle Ed got a heck of a knot on his head a few years ago when his pole fell over during the airing of grievances.  You've got to be careful around the holidays.  That's when accidents happen most. 
 

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Perhaps it was the Festivus pole that fell over in rough seas and shorted out a piece of equipment?  If they are not on the base firmly enough they can tip pretty easily.  My uncle Ed got a heck of a knot on his head a few years ago when his pole fell over during the airing of grievances.
Hahahaha I actually laughed at that.
 
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