Media advisory - HMCS Shawinigan, a Canadian Navy vessel, to come alongside in Rimouski

    RIMOUSKI, QC, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Maritime Coastal Vessel, HMCS
Shawinigan will visit Rimouski June 5-8, 2009. During this visit, HMCS (Her
Majesty's Canadian Ship) Shawinigan will be open for public tours on June 7th
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to tour the ship will be required to show
valid photo ID. Personal bags and backpacks will not be allowed onboard.
    Shawinigan, a Halifax based ship under the command of
Lieutenant-Commander Nial Hanratty, has a crew of 35 Navy reservists from
across Canada. It became part of the Canadian Navy fleet in 1997.

    HMCS Shawinigan is one of Canada's 12 Kingston Class Maritime Coastal
Defence Vessels. The ship is 55 meters long, 11 meters wide and equipped with
two 50-calibre machine guns and a 40mm Bofors gun. These vessels are
multi-role ships that can be fitted with inter-changeable modules allowing a
wide variety of missions including general naval operations and exercises, as
well as specialty work such as seabed mapping. When required, the vessels also
provide support to the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre for search and
rescue operations, as well as law-enforcement agencies including the RCMP, the
Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canada Border Services Agency.

For further information:

For further information: Note to editors/news directors: For further
information, please contact HMCS d'Iberville's Commanding Officer, Commander
Claude Gauthier, (418) 722-3126, (418) 732-1694

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