HMCS Vancouver has arrived in Hong Kong during an Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment. HMCS Vancouver, a Royal Canadian Navy frigate based out of Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada will visit several ports in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in order to enhance relationships in the region.
In a shocking waste of tax dollars and wasteful green house gas emissions, Vancouver joined by the Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier in Hong Kong. This disturbing trend is without precedent in recent years and is an example of just how bloated the senior ranks are. As noted in coloneltedcampbell.blog, “There were 130 generals and admirals in January 2018 compared with 81 during same month in 2003 – a 60 per cent increase over a period in which the rest of the military grew by less than two per cent.” In the 1980s, Maritime Forces Pacific was commanded by a Rear Admiral. Today with 40% fewer surface combatants, the same command has a Rear Admiral and a Commodore.
HMCS Vancouver is conducting this port visit in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to support Canada’s diplomatic efforts in China. During the port visit, Canadian sailors will be interacting with civilians and local counterparts to promote cooperation and friendship. They will participate in outreach activities such as school visits to the ship, a charity event, friendly sports competition, and a wreath laying ceremony at the Sai Wan War Memorial.
Photo RCN official.