Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship FREDERICTON is the eighth of twelve Canadian Patrol Frigates delivered to the Canadian Navy. Boasting a complex Command and Control System (CCS) combined with an impressive array of modern weaponry and sensors, this ship is considered to be one of the most advanced general-purpose frigates in the world.
FREDERICTON began to take form on 25 April 1992 when her keel was officially laid at Saint John Shipbuiding, Ltd., in Saint John, New Brunswick. During the next year over 33,000 square meters of steel plate and 79.5 kilometers of T-bars and stiffeners were combined to form the nine “mega-modules” which comprise the ship. On 26 June 1993, under the watchful eye of her sponsor Mrs. Jean Irving, FREDERICTON was launched and officially named for the capital city of the Province of New Brunswick. Work continued in FREDERICTON and on 24 January 1994, the ship sailed for the first time to commence sea trials.
The commissioning crew of FREDERICTON was initially formed in the summer of 1993 and completed preparations for the Navy’s acceptance of the ship on 24 February 1994. Finally on 10 September 1994, FREDERICTON was commissioned at the Canadian Coast Guard Jetty in Saint John, New Brunswick. In spite of her world-class systems, the proper and safe operation of the ship continues to depend upon the professionalism of the officers, men and women who sail in her.
In late 2011, FREDERICTON commenced her mid-life modernization at Irving Shipbuilding Limited in Halifax, NS.