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HMCS Oriole to visit Port Stanley July 2023

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) ORIOLE which will be visiting Port Stanley from the 20th to 23rd of July in celebration and recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Navy League Cadet Core (NLCC), and to support Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC). As such, on the 20th of July HMCS PREVOST will be hosting a VIP Reception and Ship's Tours of HMCS ORIOLE in Port Stanley. We will be opening HMCS ORIOLE for VIP tours at 2:30 pm, with the reception to follow at the Port Stanley Legion (Branch 410) at 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. HMCS ORIOLE will be located midway down the Western jetty of the Port Stanley Harbour, in front of the public parking area, and across from the Legion.

HMCS Oriole History:

HMCS Oriole is the oldest ship in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). It was built in 1921 as the flag ship for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, ON and commissioned into the RCN in 1952. It weighs approximately 92 tonnes, has a beam of 19.5 feet, and sleeping accommodations for 22. Ketch-rigged, Oriole is a near relative to a schooner, but differs in that its mizzen mast is smaller than its mainmast and is steeped further aft.

When fully rigged, HMCS Oriole set 13,133 square feet of Dacron sail. These tremendous sails are all manhandled; there is not a winch on the ship. Oriole's hull is steel, however its decks, cabin house, skylights and hatches are all made of teak. Oriole is a sturdy ocean cruiser and valuable for team work and seamanship training. Its participation in racing is primarily to give inexperienced crews further opportunities for training.

Commanding Officer:

Born to a military family in Summerside, PEI, LCdr Foran joined the Royal Canadian Navy in Ottawa at HMCS Carleton in 2003. Prior to joining as Naval Warfare Officer, he spent several years in civilian tallship sail training programs in the Great Lakes. After completing training in 2006, LCdr Foran served as Deck Officer in HMC Ships Moncton and Shawinigan. On achieving his Fleet Navigating Officer qualification, he served as Navigator in HMC Ships Glace Bay and Moncton. In 2011, LCdr Foran served as a Fleet Navigating Instructor at the Naval Officer Training center where he also taught the inaugural Arctic Operations Course. He served as Operations Officer in HMCS Summerside, and Executive Officer in HMCS Moncton deploying to the Arctic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and West African theatres of Operation. His land based tours include the United Nations Mission in Sudan (Op SAFARI), and Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain, for which he received a Command Commendation. Prior to assuming command of HMCS Oriole, LCdr Foran worked as Coastal Warfare Officer in Maritime Operations Group Five. He currently resides in Dartmouth with his wife Lesley, where they enjoy sailing and walking his dog Brisbane.

2018 Great Lakes Deployment Schedule

Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships will visit communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes this summer as part of the annual Great Lakes Deployment.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMCS) Moncton and Oriole are this year's ambassadors for the annual event which connects Canadians to their Navy.

Visit Schedule:

HMCS Moncton will visit the following cities:

  • Oshawa, Ont. (July 16-17)
  • Toronto (July 18-22)
  • Hamilton, Ont. (July 23-25)
  • Prescott, Ont. (July 27-28)
  • Montréal (July 29-Aug. 1)
  • Trois-Rivières, Que. (Aug. 2-3)
  • Québec City (Aug. 3-5)
  • Rimouski, Que. (Aug. 6-7)

HMCS Oriole will also visit the following cities:

  • Toronto (June 17-25)
  • Hamilton, Ont. (June 29-July 3)
  • Port Dalhousie, Ont. (July 6-9)
  • Oakville, Ont. (July 13-16)
  • Port Stanley, Ont. (July 20-23)
  • Windsor, Ont. (July 27-30)
  • Port Colborne, Ont. (Aug. 3-7)
  • Oshawa, Ont. (Aug. 10-13)
  • Kingston, Ont. (Aug. 17-27)
  • Trois-Rivières, Que. (Aug. 31-Sept. 3)
  • Québec City (Sept. 7-10)
  • Sept- Îles (Sept. 14-17)
  • Gaspé (Sept 21-22)

Through activities such as guided ship tours and demonstrations, the deployment aims to inform Canadians about their Navy and its various roles, which include: protecting Canada by exercising sovereignty in our nation's waters; preventing conflict by deploying around the world to strengthen partnerships; and safeguarding international maritime peace and security.

Throughout the deployment, the RCN ships will conduct training in order to enhance crew readiness, which is necessary in responding to the likely tasks that the Government of Canada may assign.

Quick Facts

Crewed by both Regular and Reserve Force sailors, HMCS Moncton is a Kingston-class maritime coastal defence vessel – a 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 Oriole is sailing ketch used for sail training and public outreach events. It is the RCN's oldest and longest-serving commissioned vessel. Oriole was launched in 1921 and commissioned in 1952.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:25:04 AM EST

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