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The frigate HMCS Fredericton has on board a military helicopter and a landing party, and will replace the frigate HMCS Toronto, which went on station with NATO forces in July.

"The frigate will help to bring peace in Eastern and Central Europe," Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson said.

"Canada is proud to be making a significant contribution to the NATO forces and demonstrates its continued support to our allies," he said.

As of today, six Canadian F-18 fighters are involved in the NATO air mission in the region.