Reminders of its namesake scattered throughout HMCS Toronto
Published Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:03PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:53PM EDT
Thousands of kilometres away from Canada, HMCS Toronto carries signs of its namesake.
The Canadian warship is crossing into Turkey's Bosphorus Strait Thursday, one day after conducting training exercises with NATO allies in the Black Sea.
The operation is a multinational effort aimed at building security in the Black Sea amid pro-Russian separatist aggression in Ukraine.
CTV's Richard Madan got exclusive access to the ship, and found that almost everything inside the 134.2-metre frigate celebrates Canada's largest city.
A dining hall is named after Toronto's most famous hotel, the Royal York, and the decks are lined with signs from major streets.
Though most of the crew is from the east coast, the ship is driven by an adamant, jersey-wearing Leafs fans.
The lounge is called the Air Canada Centre, and even the captain's quarters is painted Toronto Maple Leafs blue.
The decor ensures its crew is thinking of home, no matter how far the ship is from Canada.
With files from CTV News' Richard Madan