The Great Lakes Deployment kicks off the new season

Navy News / June 7, 2019

This year’s Great Lakes Deployment begins Friday June 7 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Oriole will visit cities in Prince Edward Island, as well as communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes, and two ports in the United States as part of the annual deployment.

The public will have a chance to meet the sailors of HMCS Oriole and tour the vessel when it is ‘Open to Visitors’ during their port visits. These visits will help Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors connect with Canadians who are not regularly exposed to the RCN’s mandate, capabilities or deployments. Through activities such as guided-ship tours, practical demonstrations, and crew participation in community events, sailors will bring the Navy home to fellow Canadians.

“HMCS Oriole and its crew will be great ambassadors on behalf of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) this summer as they visit port cities throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and the United States,” said Rear-Admiral Baines, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic.

“We appreciate the opportunity for our personnel to engage with Canadians and to highlight the experiences and opportunities the RCN has to offer.”

HMCS Oriole is the longest serving commissioned vessel in the RCN. It was designed and built in 1921 as a racing platform and commissioned into the RCN in 1952. The ship is now used as a sail training vessel and is based out of Canadian Forces Base Halifax in Nova Scotia.

HMCS Oriole participated in last year’s Great Lakes Deployment and sailed through the St. Lawrence Seaway and into the Great Lakes. They engaged in outreach activities throughout Ontario and Québec, which enabled eastern and centrally-located Canadians to experience the ship up close.