Navy ships sail into North Vancouver for Fleet Weekend

Navy ships on display

The public can view active naval vessels in North Vancouver this weekend.

Seven ships from the Royal Canadian Navy and Maritime Forces Pacific will sail in to Burrard Dry Dock Pier near Lonsdale Quay today.

The vessels will kick off Fleet Weekend, a three-day event to raise awareness of the navy’s capabilities as well as job opportunities.

Ships in attendance include the HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Calgary, HMCS Brandon, HMCS Edmonton, and three Orca Class patrol training vessels.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, people will be able to tour the ships and view related displays. The tours and displays close at 4 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, there will be a ceremony commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic, held at the Sailor’s Point Memorial in Waterfront Park. The battle was the longest continuous military campaign of the Second World War, and one in which Canada played a vital role.

Sub-Lt. Wilson Ho says Fleet Weekend allows the public to see what navy sailors do on a day-to-day basis.

“The general public will have the opportunity to interact and talk with sailors, and also be able to have unique opportunities such as touring the upper decks of a Canadian patrol frigate or a maritime coastal defence vessel, and seeing what kind of equipment the RCN uses,” he said.

Ho said encourages people to ask sailors about what they do, what their experiences are, and what they like about the navy.

All the weekend’s events are free.

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