Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Charlottetown sails to Quebec and Ontario to connect with Canadians

    HALIFAX, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - HMCS Charlottetown left Halifax earlier
today for the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes to visit nine Canadian
cities and one American city between September 5th and October 10th, 2008.
    Charlottetown's first port visit will be Montreal from Friday
September 5th to Monday September 8th. Following this visit, the ship will
sail to Cleveland Ohio, then on to Windsor Port Colborne, Toronto, Hamilton,
Oshawa and Cornwall ON followed by a call in Sept Iles QC, before concluding
the trip in the ship's namesake city, Charlottetown, PEI. A complete port
visit schedule is available at: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/charlottetown.
    The trip is designed to bring the Navy to Canadians living further inland
as an opportunity to show how the Navy serves Canada and what it has to offer
in terms of employment. These visits will give Canadians the opportunity to
interact with the crewmembers of Charlottetown. Canadian Forces recruiting
displays, to coincide with the ship's visit, will be set up on the jetty
(dock) next to the ship while it is open to visitors. Military equipment will
also be on display, which will include several Army vehicles that are
currently being used in Afghanistan, a CT-114 Tutor cockpit display, and a
Navy display bus. Recruiting staff will also be available on site to answer
questions on career opportunities in the Canadian Forces.
    Throughout the ship's visit into the Great Lakes, members of the media
will be given opportunities to travel with the ship for one day while getting
a first-hand look of the ship's maneuvering capabilities
    "This deployment to the Great Lakes is a welcome opportunity to not only
bring the Navy to the interior, but to connect with Canadians as we showcase
all elements of the Canadian Forces, said Commander Steve Waddell,
Charlottetown's Commanding Officer. "Having recently returned from a six-month
tour overseas, I know that the crew is proud of their accomplishments and look
forward to sharing their stories with the many visitors to the ship."
    This Halifax class frigate carries 225 men and women and was designed
with the future in mind. The ship is a multi-purpose, helicopter-carrying
frigate and is fitted with state of the art sensors and weapons. HMCS
Charlottetown is the 10th of 12 Canadian-designed helicopter-carrying frigates
that were built in the mid-1990s.
    Visitors to the ship will not be allowed to board with backpacks or large
bags and it is recommended to have valid photo identification. Children age 12
and under must be accompanied by an adult.
    HMCS Charlottetown's motto is "All Challenges Squarely Met".

For further information:

For further information: Media interested in sailing on board the ship
are asked to contact Jeri Grychowski, Joint Task Force Atlantic Public
Affairs, (902) 441-3789, grychowski.gm@forces.gc.ca. Please note that space is
limited and your earliest response would be appreciated.

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