By the Royal Canadian Navy Commander
It seems like only yesterday that I was writing last year’s holiday message. It is truly difficult to believe that our sesquicentennial is almost in our wake. The fact that time has flown by as remarkably quick as it has, reflects the pace of activity across the depth and breadth of our One Navy Team, regular, reserve, civilian and families.
2017 has been an exceptionally busy year and on the eve of the Holiday season, it provides us a time to pause and reflect on your many accomplishments. At home, the remarkable support that HMCS MONTREAL and 8 Naval Reserve divisions provided to Canadians during the flooding in Quebec and Ontario was truly inspirational. Abroad, our sailors, regular and reserve, have made a global difference projecting Canadian interests and values in support of our Ambassadors and High Commissioners. After every ship or submarine visit, whether in the Gulf of Guinea, the Indo Asia Pacific, the Mediterranean or Europe the feedback that they have provided has been both uniform and effusive in their praise of the professionalism, and dedication of our sailors. The leadership and resiliency of our sailors was also evident leading a Task Force in the Middle East, on several counter-narcotic operations, deterring Russia in support of NATO, building partnerships in Fiji, conducting Ops with our government partners in the Arctic and sailing from Esquimalt to Québec to commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
This success would not have been possible had it not been for the superb commitment of our dedicated Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) staff here in Ottawa and the perseverance of our maintenance facilities and Base support on the coasts.
The leadership of the RCN sincerely hope that you take the opportunity over the holidays to spend quality time with family and friends and re-charge the batteries. We also appreciate that not everyone will be able to be home for Christmas and New Years as HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN and HMCS CHICOUTIMI remain deployed. We are especially grateful for their service and the sacrifice of not only their families, but all of the families who have supported their loved ones during this busy year.
On behalf of the leadership team of the RCN, the Command Chief Petty Officer and I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd
Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
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