June 29, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will participate in Canada Day celebrations throughout the country and overseas on July 1, 2016.
RCN vessels from the Pacific and Atlantic fleets will visit several coastal and inland communities throughout Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and British Columbia, as well as California and Hawaii, allowing people to come aboard to meet sailors from across Canada and learn about the responsibilities and work of the Royal Canadian Navy.
“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.”
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal Canadian Navy
· Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Summerside, a Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel, will visit Halifax for Canada Day weekend. The ship will be open for visitors all weekend.
· Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s, one of the RCN’s newly modernized frigates, will visit St. John’s, NL, for Canada Day weekend in support of Memorial Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel. The ship will be open to visitors on July 2 only.
· Members of HMCS Calgary and Vancouver will be celebrating Canada Day from Hawaii while participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
· HMCS Saskatoon and Yellowknife and 25 members from Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) will be celebrating Canada Day from San Diego, while also participating in RIMPAC.
· HMCS Whitehorse will visit 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, B.C., for “Ships to Shore Steveston” from June 30 to July 2. Ships will be open for tours between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
· 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, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and is headquartered in Quebec City.