Life aboard a frigate

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - Sub­mit­ted by Rod­ney Ve­nis

CFB Esquimalt Base Pub­lic Af­fairs For Kyle MacMil­lan, it was a plea­sure cruise like no other.

He could spend time with his daugh­ter, en­joy an ocean­go­ing voy­age from Maui – and ex­pe­ri­ence life on board one of Canada’s premier naval ves­sels.

The 63-year-old Maxville man re­cently spent a lit­tle over a week as a guest of his daugh­ter, Lieu­tenant (Navy) Jes­sica MacMil­lan, in HMCS Regina as the Hal­i­fax­class multi-role pa­trol frigate sailed from the Hawai­ian is­land back to its home port of Cana­dian Forces Base Esquimalt on Van­cou­ver Is­land.

“It was an ex­pe­ri­ence that I would not have missed,” said the el­der MacMil­lan. “I am very happy to have had the op­por­tu­nity to share this with my daugh­ter.”

The trip is known in the Royal Cana­dian Navy as a “Tiger cruise,” where friends and fam­ily meet with a ship’s crew in a for­eign port and re­turn to their home port. HMCS Regina planned a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties for the “Tigers,” as Mr. MacMil­lan and his fel­low civil­ians were called, in­clud­ing, of course, han­dling some of the ship’s fire­power.

“The weapons fir­ing was, of course, a high­light,” said Mr. MacMil­lan. “I could not be­lieve how ma­noeu­vrable the ship was for the man over­board ex­er­cise.”

He also could not be­lieve how busy Regina kept his daugh­ter, the ship‘s as­sis­tant com­bat sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer, and the rest of the crew.

“For ex­am­ple, they come in the mess, have a quick lunch, a short con­ver­sa­tion and are gone back to work for sev­eral hours,” he said. “They may breeze through some­time in the af­ter­noon to have a few words with peo­ple but then they’re back at the grind un­til din­ner.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HMCS REGINA

“TIGER’’ CRUISE: Kyle MacMil­lan re­ceives some small arms in­struc­tion dur­ing a “Tiger cruise” on HMCS Regina.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HMCS REGINA PHOTO

NO TRIP LIKE IT: Kyle MacMil­lan poses for a selfie with his daugh­ter Lieu­tenant (Navy) Jes­sica MacMil­lan on­board HMCS Regina.

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