Life aboard a frigate
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.”
“TIGER’’ CRUISE: Kyle MacMillan receives some small arms instruction during a “Tiger cruise” on HMCS Regina.
NO TRIP LIKE IT: Kyle MacMillan poses for a selfie with his daughter Lieutenant (Navy) Jessica MacMillan onboard HMCS Regina.