03 May – HMCS Max Bernays

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Today, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) formally commissioned His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Max Bernays into service at a ceremony held at Burrard Drydock Pier in North Vancouver. HMCS Max Bernays, the RCN’s third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, has the honour of being the first ship of its class to be attached to Canada’s Pacific Fleet in Esquimalt. During this milestone occasion, Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, attended in her role as Commodore-in-Chief, Canadian Fleet Pacific to present the commissioning pennant to the ship.

The official introduction of the new Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMCS Max Bernays, into naval service enhances the Royal Canadian Navy’s ability to enforce sovereignty in Canada’s western waters, and better meet future defence challenges in the north. These multifunctional ships will be at the core of an enhanced Arctic presence and will strategically complement the capabilities of our current and future warships through surveillance operations.

The HMCS Max Bernays was built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and launched in Atlantic waters on Oct. 23, 2021. She was named in honour of Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, a Canadian naval hero who served as the Coxswain of  HMCS Assiniboine during the Second World War’s Battle of the Atlantic.

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