RCN to Make Rare Appearance at Kieler Woche

June 14, 2019 – HMCS Toronto is scheduled to attend the 125th Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) June 21. Fresh from a term of duty with SNMG2 in the Mediterranean, Toronto is heading north to the Baltic Sea to attend this event along with dozens of other warships from the USA and Europe. In the first decades of its existence, the Kieler Woche was a pure sailing event. There is no question that the 125th edition of what is now the largest summer festival in Northern Europe also offers many innovations…

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HMCS Vancouver command team shares Sudanese connection

By Peter Mallett The three members of Her HMCS Vancouver’s command team share a unique commonality. They all served on Operation SAFARI, the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to the former United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in the mid-2000s. Commander Jonathan Kouwenberg was there in 2005; his Executive Officer, Lieutenant-Commander Collin Forsberg, served from 2009 to 2010; and Coxswain, Chief Petty Officer First Class Steve Wist, was in Sudan in 2008. “This isn’t by design; this is completely accidental,” said Kouwenberg. “I think we are probably a unique command team…

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