HMCS Toronto welcomed home by family and friends in Halifax after months away


Alexandra Levesque knew she would be the first to greet sailor Nathan Durette upon the return of HMCS Toronto. 

What she didn't know was that Durette would get down on one knee.

Families, friends and pets of the crew gathered at the Halifax waterfront on Sunday morning to welcome loved ones home from a six-month deployment.

The Canadian frigate left in January for Operation Reassurance in support of international co-operation efforts and security in the Adriatic, Black and Mediterranean Seas.

Commanding officer Capt. Martin Fluet said the operation, which saw the crew visit nine countries, was successful.

The vessel also carried crew of the 12 Wing's Helicopter Air Detachment, which provides helicopter support to the Royal Canadian Navy.

Those gathered at the dockyard cheered, whistled and waved signs and Canadian flags as the ship pulled in.