2018 Great Lakes Deployment

Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships will visit communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes this summer as part of the annual Great Lakes Deployment.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Moncton and Oriole are this year’s ambassadors for the annual event which connects Canadians to their Navy.

Visit Schedule:

HMCS Moncton will visit the following cities:

  • Oshawa, Ont. (July 16-17)
  • Toronto (July 18-22)
  • Hamilton, Ont. (July 23-25)
  • Prescott, Ont. (July 27-28)
  • Montréal (July 29-Aug. 1)
  • Trois-Rivières, Que. (Aug. 2-3)
  • Québec City (Aug. 3-7)

HMCS Oriole will also visit the following cities:

  • Toronto (June 17-25)
  • Hamilton, Ont. (June 29-July 3)
  • Port Dalhousie, Ont. (July 6-9)
  • Oakville, Ont. (July 13-16)
  • Port Stanley, Ont. (July 20-23)
  • Windsor, Ont. (July 27-30)
  • Port Colborne, Ont. (Aug. 3-7)
  • Whitby, Ont. (Aug. 10-13)
  • Kingston, Ont. (Aug. 17-27)
  • Trois-Rivières, Que. (Aug. 31-Sept. 3)
  • Québec City (Sept. 7-10)
  • Sept- Îles (Sept. 14-17)
  • Gaspé (Sept 21-22)

Through activities such as guided ship tours and demonstrations, the deployment aims to inform Canadians about their Navy and its various roles, which include: protecting Canada by exercising sovereignty in our nation’s waters; preventing conflict by deploying around the world to strengthen partnerships; and safeguarding international maritime peace and security.

Throughout the deployment, the RCN ships will conduct training in order to enhance crew readiness, which is necessary in responding to the likely tasks that the Government of Canada may assign.

Quick Facts

Crewed by both Regular and Reserve Force sailors, HMCS Moncton is a Kingston-class maritime coastal defence vessel – a multi-role minor war vessels with a primary mission of coastal surveillance and patrol, including general naval operations and exercises, search and rescue, law enforcement, resource protection and fisheries patrols.

HMCS Oriole is sailing ketch used for sail training and public outreach events. It is the RCN’s oldest and longest-serving commissioned vessel. Oriole was launched in 1921 and commissioned in 1952.