New CO will sail HMCS Oriole on 2018 Great Lakes Deployment

The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) oldest commissioned vessel, the tall ship HMCS Oriole, had an exceptionally busy and successful program in 2017. Under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Mike Wills, Oriole made the passage from Esquimalt, B.C., to Halifax, including stops at 10 different Canadian cities as part of the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Throughout that period, the ship cycled through more than 300 crew members, took 400 sea cadets and hundreds of other visitors for day sails, and while alongside routinely welcomed more than 1,000 visitors on board each…

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Exchange officer from the Ivory Coast Navy gains a new RCN family

By LT Linda Coleman RCN Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean is routine for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), but for many African nations, it’s a rare occurrence. So for Sub-Lieutenant Lassina Traoré, a member of the Ivory Coast Navy, to spend five weeks sailing in HMCS Summerside to West Africa was a pretty big deal. “I am most likely the person who has traveled the most nautical miles in my navy,” said SLt Traoré upon conclusion of his time in Summerside. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to sail…

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