The Town of Cobourg is honoured to announce a visit from the Captain and crew of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Goose Bay on June 6, 2017.
HMCS Goose Bay is a Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel (MCDV) that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1998. MCDVs are multi-role minor war vessels with a primary mission of coastal surveillance and patrol including general naval operations and exercises, search and rescue, law enforcement, resource protection and fisheries patrols. HMCS Goose Baywill be visiting Cobourg as part of the Great Lakes Deployment which aims to connect with Canadians who are not regularly exposed to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Through activities such as guided ship tours and demonstrations, the deployment aims to better inform Canadians about their Navy and its various roles.
The vessel will be visiting Cobourg Harbour on Tuesday June 6, 2017. If weather and environmental circumstances permit,Goose Bay will be moored along the side of Cobourg’s East Pier. The ship will be open for guided tours to members of the public from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The Town of Cobourg and the Cobourg Yacht Club will be hosting a formal welcome reception for the ship and its crew later that afternoon from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. During this time Captain and crew will be available to meet with members of the public and the ship will once again be open to guided tours. At 3:30pm, to celebrate this special visit, the Town of Cobourg has requested a flyby from the Royal Canadian Air Force. All residents of Cobourg and Northumberland County are welcome to attend this special ceremony.
The Town of Cobourg would like to advise all members of the public that in the case of inclement weather, that would cause it to be unsafe for the ship to enter into the inner harbour, HMCS Goose Bay will anchor outside of the harbour. If the ship is unable to enter into the harbour, the Town of Cobourg will host a welcome reception for Captain and crew on the East Pier from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and invite all members of the public to attend. The Town of Cobourg will issue out a final notice regarding the status of the ship the morning of June 6, 2017. Please stay tuned to www.cobourg.ca and the Town of Cobourg social media pages for further updates.
“June 6th marks the anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy Landings,” said Mayor Brocanier. “We are honoured to commemorate this important day in our military history by welcoming members of our Royal Canadian Navy to our community. Town staff are working with community groups and organizations to ensure an excellent welcome for Captain and crew. I encourage all members of the public to attend this reception and help us give a warm welcome to our Royal Canadian Navy.”
For additional information on the HMCS Goose Bay visit go to www.cobourg.ca