Canadian Warship Received Navy Meritorious Unit Award


Story Number: NNS150219-09Release Date: 2/19/2015 10:45:00 AM
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Julianne Metzger, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's top admiral presented a U.S. Navy unit award to a Canadian warship Feb. 20.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presented the U.S. Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) on Feb. 20 to Capt. Jeff Hamilton, commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333), in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

A non-U.S. naval force receiving a U.S. Navy unit decoration is a rarity; this event marking the fifth occurrence of such a decoration in the last 45 years.

Returning from their deployment, the crew of the Toronto was selected to receive the prestigious award due to their continued support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. The Halifax-class frigate significantly disrupted the flow of drugs, criminal and terrorist activities in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

While deployed Toronto responsibilities included tracking, boarding and searching maritime contacts of interest to CTF-150. Among Toronto's accomplishments during deployment which began in February of 2013, the ship's crew seized six large caches of illegal drugs to include 1,300 kilograms of heroin and six tons of hashish. Seizures of a large magnitude can significantly affect unlawful organizations' ability to fund illegal operations.

 
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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presents the U.S. Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation to Capt. Jeff Hamilton, commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333).
150220-N-AT895-127 HALIFAX, Canada (Feb. 20, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presents the U.S. Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation to Capt. Jeff Hamilton, commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333). Toronto received the award for their significant disruption of drugs, criminal and terrorist activities while assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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