The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will participate in Canada Day celebrations across the country on July 1, 2015.
RCN vessels from the Pacific and Atlantic fleets will visit several coastal and inland communities throughout the provinces of Nova Scotia, Québec and British Columbia and will be open for public tours.
“Canada Day is a great opportunity for the public to meet members of our Royal Canadian Navy and to see first-hand the important work they do on behalf of all Canadians. I look forward to joining Canadian Armed Forces members and their families serving at home or abroad in celebrating Canada Day and to pay tribute to those defending Canadian interests and values,” said Vice Admiral Mark Norman, commander, Royal Canadian Navy.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown, one of the RCN’s newly modernized frigates, will be open to visitors in downtown Halifax from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the city’s celebrations.
HMCS Goose Bay will be celebrating Canada Day in Montréal by conducting a 21-gun salute at Convoyeurs Pier, Old Port Montréal, and will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Canada Day. The ship will also be open to the public on June 30 and July 2 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
HMCS Calgary, another of the RCN’s newly modernized frigates, will be alongside Burrard Drydock Pier in North Vancouver from June 30 to July 2. The ship will be open for public tours on June 30 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. and July 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. The ships Naval Boarding Party Team will also conduct demonstrations at Canada Place on July 1.
HMCS Oriole and three ORCA-Class Patrol Craft Training Vessels will visit Richmond for Ships to Shore Steveston from June 29 to July 2. Ships will be open for tours from June 29 to July 1 between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
HMCS Brandon will visit Prince Rupert from June 30 to July 2. The ship will be alongside the Canadian Coast Guard pier in Seal Cove and will be open for tours on July 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HMCS Nanaimo will visit Nanaimo from June 30 to July 2 and will be open for tours on July 1 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HMCS Whitehorse will visit Campbell River from June 30 to July 2. The ship will be open for tours on June 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and July 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition, Naval Reserve Divisions from across Canada will participate in and support Canada Day celebrations in their local communities. The Naval Reserve is composed of 24 Naval Reserve divisions across Canada, from St John’s, NL, to Victoria, B.C. and is headquartered in Quebec City.
The Royal Canadian Navy has a long history of reaching out to communities at home and abroad in an ongoing effort to enhance relationships at all levels. Through day sails, community relations events, and port visits, Canadians gain a better appreciation and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of their navy.
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