HMCS Ville de Québec is currently on a 10-week tour of 14 Canadian and American cities as part of the Great Lakes Deployment and to commemorate the War of 1812.
The ship, which departed Halifax, N.S., on July 23, will travel along the St. Lawrence Seaway and into the Great Lakes, stopping at various ports along the way.
HMC Ships Moncton and Summerside will also participate in the tour later on. From the United States, Navy ships USS Hurricane and USS De Wert will sail alongside the HMC ships through designated locations.
The purpose of the tour is to inform people about the role of Canada’s navy, which includes safeguarding Canadian waters and contributing to worldwide peace and security.
“This deployment allows our sailors to interact with Canadians who are not regularly exposed to the Royal Canadian Navy, and I know that the public will be extremely proud and impressed by the dedication and professionalism of our people,” Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy, said in a release.
This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, which allows Canada to “celebrate 200 years of peace and prosperity between our nation and our closest ally, the United States of America,” Defense Minister Peter MacKay said in the release.
“The events of that historic conflict so long ago serve to remind us all that the link between sea power and our nation’s security and prosperity is as relevant today than ever before.”
The Ville de Québec has already visited Québec City and Montréal. It will carry on to Milwaukee, Thunder Bay, Toledo, Toronto, Windsor, Buffalo, Hamilton, Oshawa, Cornwall, Trois-Rivières, Sept-Îles, and finally, back to Halifax.
The Moncton and Summerside will visit Chicago and Cleveland.
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