Commander RCN delivers Holiday Greeting and End-of-Year Update

Season’s Greetings, Shipmates!

I hope this message finds you and yours well, keeping healthy, and as happy and consumed by the Season as possible in what has been an absolutely unprecedented year – a year in which we not only grappled with COVID complicating every aspect of our work and domestic lives, but also with the staggering loss of six shipmates when Stalker 22 crashed, the most significant maritime loss in decades. Denied, owing to ongoing pandemic response, the usual opportunities this year to celebrate the Season and to recount the Navy’s activities with you through a series of get-togethers/kitchen-parties, I hope you’ll appreciate this written expression of Season’s Greetings and rapid resume of unprecedented adversity and challenge squarely met by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and our extended family!

Obviously, this Season’s story rightly begins with last week’s uniquely bittersweet homecoming of HMCS Winnipeg which has now returned home with honour after a deployment of some 140 days which regrettably included the tragic, heartbreaking loss of one of their own, Master Sailor Duane Earle, just days before arriving home in an incident that really stung us all. Indeed, across the naval family, we mourned as “one with the strength of many” as Winnipeg hosted Duane’s family onboard for a commemoration upon arrival. We then saluted and welcomed home Winnie as they closed-out the deployment alongside in Esquimalt – so very proud of them for…

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