WINDSOR, ON, Nov. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - On October 22, 2016, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Windsor Shiprider Unit made history by participating as part of the Color Party for the Commissioning of the USS Detroit warship (LCS 7). This was the first time in United States (U.S.) Navy history that another country has been invited to participate in the commissioning of a U.S. warship.
The USS Detroit Chair of the Commissioning Committee, John Peracchio comments, "The request to have Canadian participation came from numerous U.S. agencies in the local Detroit area. They pointed out that our Canadian partners play such a vital role in our shared border security interests that they should also share in our celebrations".
RCMP Shiprider members, Sgt. Diebel, Cst. McDonnell and Cst. Kukhta attended the commissioning ceremony in red serge and presented the Canadian flag as the US Colors were advanced (U.S. Flag and U.S. Navy flag). Via salute, the members also recognized the Governor of Michigan, a 19 gun salute, the Canadian National Anthem and the US National Anthem.
"More than 6,500 people were in attendance and we received a huge number of positive comments and expressions of appreciation for our participation. We were so honoured to be a part of it" said Diebel.
As a result, the U.S. Navy will consider Canadian representation at future events where it is geographically appropriate.
- Canada-U.S. Shiprider involves vessels jointly crewed by specially trained and designated Canadian and U.S. law enforcement officers who are authorized to enforce the law on both sides of the international boundary line.
- Canada-U.S. Shiprider removes the international maritime boundary as a barrier to law enforcement by enabling seamless continuity of enforcement and security operations across the border.
- "O" Division RCMP Shiprider members and/or teams are located at key border service areas including, Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Hamilton Niagara and Sarnia.
- The USS Detroit (LCS 7) will go over 45 knots, can operate in shallow waters, is highly maneuverable and has up to 75 sailors embarked at any one time.
More information on the Canada-U.S. Shiprider program can be found here: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ibet-eipf/shiprider-eng.htm
High resolution photos available on the RCMP "O" Division Newsroom website.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: Sgt. Tim DIEBEL, NCO i/c RCMP Windsor Shiprider, "O" Division (Ontario), 519-948-5287 ext 250