Family of Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays thanks the Royal Canadian Navy for Prestigious Honour

May 25, 2015

Victoria, BC. – The Bernays family has issued the following public statement on the announcement of a third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship being named Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Max Bernays:

“It is an honour for our family to learn that the name of Max Bernays has been chosen to join a prestigious group of naval heroes such as Harry DeWolf and Margaret Brooke in the naming of this upcoming class of ships.

“The Bernays family is a Navy family – Max always said the Navy ran in his blood. We are extremely proud that this well-deserved honour has been bestowed in recognition of his heroic actions onboard HMCS Assiniboine in 1942, and that today’s sailors will have to opportunity to learn about his bravery and service to Canada.

“The perseverance, determination, and sheer grit Max displayed that day as he carried out his orders while under heavy fire from a German U-boat are a testament to the type of man he was throughout his life. We’re so proud that he will serve as an inspiration to this generation of RCN sailors.

“His son, Max Bernays Junior, continued our family’s naval tradition and we know that both of them would have been eager and proud to sail in these impressive new ships that will soon be working hard to defend Canada at sea.”