HMCS Summerside and crew visit name­sake city

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY DE­SIREE ANSTEY

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.

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