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The Royal Canadian Navy set to celebrate Canada Day this weekend

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will be joining the rest of the country to celebrate Canada Day this July 1.  Communities on both coasts will have a chance to view the ships and meet the sailors of the RCN.

“I take a great deal of pride in the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as the ships and submarines they sail upon. Canada Day is the perfect opportunity for Canadians to interact with our sailors and to see first-hand the important work they do for their country. I know I will be joining the tens of thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members serving at home or abroad and their families, in recognizing and celebrating our proud nation on Canada Day,” said VAdm Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal Canadian Navy.

The RCN has planned several visits on both coasts of the country this Canada Day weekend. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Summerside, a Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel, will visit Halifax for the weekend. The ship will be open for visitors all weekend.

HMCS St. John’s, one of the RCN’s newly modernized frigates, will visit St. John’s, NL for Canada Day weekend. The ship’s visit also pays tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel. HMCS St. John’s will be open on July 2 to visitors.

On the west coast, HMCS Whitehorse is visiting Port Alberni from June 30 to July 3. The ship will be open to visitors on July 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on July 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

HMCS Oriole and 3 Orca-class Patrol Craft Training Vessels will visit Richmond, BC for “Ships to Shore Steveston” from June 30 to July 2. Ships will be open for touring between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

Other ships will be celebrating Canada Day oversees. HMCS Calgary and Vancouver, currently participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), will celebrate July 1 in Hawaii; while HMCS Saskatoon and Yellowknife and 25 members from Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) will be celebrating Canada Day while in San Diego, also on Ex. RIMPAC.

The Naval Reserve Divisions across Canada will also be participating in local Canada Day ceremonies. The Naval Reserve is comprised of 24 divisions across Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

Image: Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown departs Halifax June 27, 2016 as the designated forward deployed ship of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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