Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 14, 2010 20:20 ET

Media Advisory: New Pacific Admiral Opens Warship to Asian Community

ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - Rear-Admiral Nigel Greenwood, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, invites media to attend a day at sea with Honorary Navy Captain Tung Chan and other dignitaries on board Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg at Canada Place in Vancouver on October 18.

HMCS Winnipeg will embark various business and community leaders from the Asian-Canadian community for a day sail, leaving Canada Place at 9:45 a.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m. This day sail will inform our guests about current naval operations while the ship's company provides guided tours, demonstrates ship manoeuvrability, and showcases other naval capabilities. 

"I am pleased to welcome Honorary Navy Captain Chan on board a Canadian warship during the Navy's Centennial Year," said RAdm Greenwood. "I look forward to working together to build stronger relationships between the Navy and Asian-Canadian community."

Mr. Chan is a respected leader of the regional Chinese-Canadian community who actively volunteers in various cultural, youth and educational organizations. Due to his extensive community service and support of the Canadian Forces, he was appointed an Honorary Navy Captain in June by the Chief of the Maritime Staff, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden.

Honorary Navy Captains act as bridges between military and civilian communities, representing diverse areas of Canadian society from politics and business to journalism and the arts. They bring with them unique skills and connections that help to strengthen the navy's ties to Canadian communities and to promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues.

HMCS Winnipeg is one of 12 Halifax Class frigates built for the Canadian Navy between 1990 and 1996. At 134 metres in length and 4,750 tonnes, the Halifax Class ships with an embarked helicopter are considered by Canada's allies to be the most capable ships of their size in the world. They have been a welcome addition to coalition naval forces for nearly two decades. Driven by two gas turbines and a cruise diesel engine, HMCS Winnipeg has a range of 7,100 nautical miles and can cross the Pacific without refuelling. 


Media are to contact Navy Public Affairs at (778) 678-3758 or by email at by 5 p.m. Sunday Oct 17 to confirm their attendance.

Interested media are requested to board HMCS Winnipeg at Canada Place by 8:45 a.m. for a media opportunity with RAdm Greenwood and HCapt(N) Chan at 9 a.m. Media may remain on board HMCS Winnipeg for the day-sail that is scheduled to depart Canada Place at 9:45 a.m. Participants are advised to dress warmly; women should wear low shoes and slacks.

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