For two and a half months this past spring, Ordinary Seaman (OS) Tristan Robert Harris sailed off the west coast of North and Central America in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Saskatoon as part of Operation CARIBBE, a maritime interdiction operation to counter illicit trafficking.
“I’m honoured to have taken part in this important operation. Illicit trafficking is an ongoing international problem and I believe using our military is an effective and useful tool to help make a difference at home and abroad.”
As a Boatswain during Operation CARIBBE, OS Harris’ responsibilities included working as a helmsman, and operating and maintaining the ship’s rigging, anchoring, and towing equipment. He is also trained in high-speed boat operations, boat maintenance, navigation, and the operation and maintenance of small arms including the .50 cal mounted machine gun and C-4 demolitions.
OS Harris joined the RCN through the Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program in 2014 as a Boatswain. “I wanted a career where I could continue to better myself, serve my country, make my family and friends proud, and give my daughter the best life possible.” OS Harris is aboriginal from his mother’s side of the family, who are part of the Sto:lo First Nations.
His family taught him the value of hard work, and in 2012 OS Harris returned to a local youth centre in his hometown of Agassiz, B.C. that he attended as a child to mentor young children and encourage them to get involved in sports, and…