OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/24/13 -- A fleet of Canada's West Coast Navy including the submarine Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Victoria will be anchoring alongside Canada Place in Vancouver and Burrard Pier in North Vancouver from April 25-28, 2013 for the Vancouver Port Visit. The Royal Canadian Navy ships will be joined by United States Ship (USS) Lake Champlain (CG-57). Approximately 1,000 Canadian and American sailors will be in Vancouver to meet members of the public and media.
"This is about bringing the Navy to Canadians," said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "Activities such as the Vancouver Port Visit not only help overcome maritime blindness, they go a long way to showcase the capabilities of the Navy, along with the commitment and dedication of its personnel. The presence of the United States Navy is a testament to the strong and mutually respectful relationship that we have enjoyed over the years."
The submarine HMCS Victoria and the destroyer HMCS Algonquin will be berthed alongside the west side of Canada Place, while USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), two Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels HMCS Nanaimo and Saskatoon, and four ORCA class Patrol Craft Training Vessels will be at Burrard Pier.
During the Port Visit, sailors of Canadian Fleet Pacific will conduct goodwill activities in the Greater Vancouver Region. The Vancouver Port Visit will have a tightly orchestrated schedule of media visits, open ships, displays, and other events designed to give the general public, stakeholders, media, and local dignitaries a chance to visit the ships and interact with crew members.
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta - Richmond East, will tour HMCS Victoria and HMCS Algonquin with Commodore Scott Bishop, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, on Friday. On Saturday, she will attend a reception hosted by the US Consul General, Anne Callaghan and Captain Christopher Barnes, Commander, USS Lake Champlain.
"This will be valuable opportunity for me, as well as members of the public, to see Canadian and American naval equipment up close and to meet with members of our Armed Forces and the various services from the United States,' said Minister Findlay. "On behalf of the Government of Canada, it will also be my distinct pleasure to welcome these brave men and women to the great city of Vancouver - Canada's gateway to the Asia Pacific - and to thank them for the great work they do on behalf of us all."
"I could not be more proud of these men and women who have proved on so many occasions that they are Canada's best ambassadors abroad and at home," said Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific. "Our ships docking alongside Canada Place and Burrard Pier are a symbol of the force that enables our nation to flourish."
Following the Vancouver Port Visit, Canadian Fleet Pacific ships, along with Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Army will participate in Exercises Trident Fury and Jointex from May 3-19, 2013. The objective of these exercises is to achieve a joint, integrated, agile, and ready force that leads to success in operations at home and abroad.
Note to Editors / News Directors: Members of the media wishing to coordinate interviews or to gather additional information on the Vancouver Port Visit are requested to contact the Royal Canadian Navy Public Affairs Office at 250-363-5789, 778-678-3758 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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