HMCS Winnipeg Celebrates 20th Birthday

Royal Canadian Navy’s warship HMCS Winnipeg celebrated her 20th birthday on June 23, 2015.

Winnipeg and its crew are currently conducting surveillance operations in support of Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s participation in the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean. They are also en route to Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

In HMCS Winnipeg’s 20 years of service to the Canada, the ship has participated in various multinational and domestic operations including Operation APOLLO, Operation ALTAIR, Operation CARIBBE, Operation SEXTANT, Operation ALLIED PROTECTOR and Operation PODIUM. Some of the ship’s career highlights include the successful disruption of piracy operations off the coast of Somalia in April 2009 and the interception of illegal migrants off the coast of British Columbia in August 2010.

As the ship celebrates its 20th birthday while supporting international Canadian Armed Forces operations, the ship’s company continues to perform in a way that embodies the ship’s motto: One with the strength of many.

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