HMCS Vancouver visits Singapore during Operation PROJECTION

On a sunny day, three military members and on civilian stand side-by-side on a port in front of a ship
Singapore. May 16, 2018 – Sergeant Katleya Neri (Canadian Defence Attaché Assistant Singapore), Colonel Jeff Drummond (Canadian Defence Attaché Singapore), Ms. Lynn McDonald (Canada’s High Commissioner to Singapore), and Commander of HMCS Vancouver Commander Christopher Nucci pose for a group photo in front of HMCS Vancouver in the port of Singapore during Operation PROJECTION Asia Pacific. (Photo: Master Corporal Brent Kenny, MARPAC Imaging Services)

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By Sub-Lieutenant Kyle Deveau, Unit Public Affairs Representative, HMCS Vancouver

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver visited Changi Naval Base, Singapore during Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific from May 16 to 23, 2018. In Singapore, the crew encountered pristine cityscapes and urban beauty. This island city state takes its appearance very seriously, and it showed.

HMCS Vancouver had a very successful port visit to Singapore,” said Commander Christopher Nucci, Commanding Officer HMCS Vancouver. “It was a great experience for the crew and I’m proud to have helped make connections with counterparts and others in Singapore that will help to promote peace and security in the region.”

During the visit, HMCS Vancouver hosted a variety of events, including a day of ship tours for invited personnel and a formal reception. While alongside, HMCS Vancouver and its crew had the pleasure of giving tours of the Ship to several groups composed primarily of Canadian military and government workers whose families were currently posted to Singapore.

The Ship and its crew were also visited by the Canadian High Commissioner, Ms. Nancy Lynn McDonald. In addition, the crew also put on a reception for various VIPs and dignitaries, including the High Commissioner and her entourage. Moreover, many of the families that came for tours of the Ship earlier in the week also attended the evening reception on the flight deck.

Members of HMCS Vancouver conducted a very successful outreach event within the city of Singapore. Approximately 30 members of the crew participated in an outreach program with MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) which took place at Eunos Training & Development Centre in Singapore. During this day-long event, the Ship’s crew came together with the students and staff of the MINDS Program to sing songs, play games, cook food, and simply enjoy each other’s company.

“The outreach at MINDS provided the ship’s company with an opportunity to participate in a program in which they might not have had a chance to participate before,” said Petty Officer First Class Stephen Rownd, the Main Propulsion Petty Officer. “Our sailors had a very enjoyable visit with the clients and were well received by members of the public who approached us and thanked us for our involvement in their community.  Knowing that they can make a difference in the lives of others empowers our crew to pursue volunteer opportunities abroad as well as at home.”

Overall, Singapore was a beautiful country. Now, HMCS Vancouver and its crew are steaming towards Australia in order to resupply, refuel, and get ready for the next stretches of Operation PROJECTION.

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  • On a sunny day, three military members and on civilian stand side-by-side on a port in front of a ship
  • On a breezy evening, four men in uniform and one women are on a ship deck, speaking together and smiling.
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