Two Canadian frigates catch fire while deployed off Europe

Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson, US Navy

Fire broke out in separate incidents aboard two Halifax-class frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy currently deployed off Europe.

The first incident took place at 05:30 local time on Friday, October 26, when a reportedly minor blaze erupted in the gas turbine engine of HMCS Halifax (pictured) while the ship was in Norwegian waters. The fire was quickly extinguished.

The second incident occurred three days later, October 29, on Halifax’s sister ship HMCS Toronto. A small fire erupted on the frigate as it was proceeding to Belfast for repairs after experiencing a power loss off the coast of the United Kingdom.

The fire on Toronto has been put out and the ship was still on its way to Belfast as of 10:00 local time on October 31.

No one was injured in either incident.

Baird Maritime

Baird Maritime is one of the world's premier maritime publishing houses with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and a publishing subsidiary in Hong Kong. The group produces two monthly magazines, Ausmarine and Work Boat World and a number of annual publications all focusing on various aspects of the commercial, government and military marine industries. It also presents this maritime portal.