HMCS Summerside and crew visit namesake city
Maritime coastal defence vessel sails to Summerside.
A Maritime coastal defence vessel recently sailed to Summerside to showcase its role in the Royal Canadian Navy.
Hundreds of visitors came to experience, if only for a moment, life on board a smaller war vessel equipped with heavy machine guns.
The HMCS Summerside 711 is one of 12 Kingston-class Canadian navy vessels.
Its primary mission is surveillance and patrol in the maritime waters, but it also performs naval mine countermeasures, general naval operations and exercises, search and rescue, resource and fisheries patrol, and law enforcement.
Officer Brighid Woodman, of Halifax, says the ship is no stranger to the open seas.
“We have extended our reach and do go up to the Arctic, and in February we sailed to Africa.”
She added, “Africa was my biggest highlight because I never thought I would have that opportunity and sail across the Atlantic Ocean. We helped in orphanages, did outreach, and it was so rewarding.”
The vessel, commissioned in 1999 and weighing around 970 tonnes, has sailed around the country including the most remote areas.
“Our favourite views are still off the coast of Newfoundland and sailing past remote and rural areas,” said Woodman. “On our way home from Africa was the time of year when all the icebergs were coming down off the coast of Newfoundland and it was just breathtaking.”
While in Summerside, sailors from the ship took part in the Lobster Carnival Parade, cardboard boat races, and held an open house for Islanders.
HMSC Summerside 711 docked in Summerside for an open house and to participate in the recent Lobster Carnival celebrations.
Officer Brighid Woodman stands by a heavy machine gun onboard the HMCS Summerside 711 docked in its namesake city.