On January 26th, a federal grant of $3.5 million to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust for extensive repairs to HMCS Sackville was announced in Halifax.
As Canada’s oldest warship and the sole remaining Flower-class corvette, HMCS Sackville is an important part of Royal Canadian Navy history.
HMCS Sackville has been owned by the non-profit Canadian Naval Memorial Trust since the 1980s, operating seasonally on the Halifax waterfront as Canada’s Naval Memorial and a museum ship.
Most of the repair work is expected to be completed at the Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Scott located within HMC Dockyard Halifax.
Tours and visits to HMCS Sackville will be discontinued until the repairs are completed, which, pending an assessment, is expected to be in summer 2018.
“HMCS Sackville has allowed thousands of Canadians and others from around the world to physically explore a significant piece Canada’s military history. Today’s announcement ensures the experience will continue,” said Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour.