Ship’s sponsor of HMCS Harry DeWolf named

HMCS Harry DeWolf

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The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has announced that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will become the sponsor of HMCS Harry DeWolf, the lead ship in the RCN’s upcoming class of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels.

“The RCN is extremely pleased that Ms. Grégoire Trudeau has accepted our invitation to act as the sponsor of HMCS Harry DeWolf,” said Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. “Ms. Grégoire Trudeau is a dynamic spokesperson and leader who has worked tirelessly for causes related to women and children—a perfect fit with the RCN’s focus on the well-being of our sailors and their families. We are delighted to welcome her into the RCN family and we look forward to a long relationship.”

The appointment of a ship’s sponsor is a long and storied naval tradition. The function of a sponsor is to be part of the naming of a ship, typically breaking a bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow during its naming or launching ceremony.

Sponsors are often prominent women who have served their communities in a variety of capacities. Many sponsors continue their relationship with their ship for many years and remain key stakeholders and supportive members of the RCN family.

“I am honoured to serve as the sponsor of HMCS Harry DeWolf,” said Ms. Grégoire Trudeau. “Admiral Harry DeWolf was a true Canadian hero who is remembered for his legacy of service, courage, and determination. I have great respect for the men and women who serve in the Royal Canadian Navy, and I’m very eager to meet the sailors and their families.”

Quick Facts

  • Construction of HMCS Harry DeWolf is now underway by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in Halifax. The ship is expected to be launched in 2018.
  • The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels will be large, ice-capable ships, more than 100 m long, and designed to conduct a variety of missions in Canada’s waters, including in the Arctic.
  • VAdm Harry DeWolf was a decorated naval commander in the Second World War. He took part in numerous Atlantic convoy escort duties, in the rescue and evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk after the fall of France in 1940, and was known as a fearless and bold tactician throughout the war.
  • The names of five of six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels have been announced to-date, each one named after Canadian naval heroes: HMCS Harry DeWolf, HMCS Margaret Brooke, HMCS Max Bernays, HMCS William Hall, and HMCS Frédérick Rolette.
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