Princess Anne takes part in the BC ceremony that brings a new ship into the Pacific fleet

VANCOUVER – The first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel for Canada’s Pacific Fleet will be officially commissioned during a ceremony with Princess Anne, sister of King Charles.

VANCOUVER – The first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel for Canada’s Pacific Fleet will be officially commissioned during a ceremony with Princess Anne, sister of King Charles.

Princess Anne will attend the event in her role as Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Fleet Pacific.

The Department of National Defense says the patrol vessel, HMCS Max Bernays, arrived at its new home port in Esquimalt last month, calling it a “critical milestone” in the expansion of the fleet.

It says the introduction of the ship, named after a Canadian naval hero during the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War, will enable the Navy to better meet future defense challenges in the North.

A statement from the lieutenant governor’s office last week said the princess and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, would attend a series of events during a three-day trip to B.C., starting with the commissioning ceremony for the ship in North -Vancouver.

It says this will be followed by an overnight sail to Esquimalt on Vancouver Island.

The Princess’s itinerary includes a visit to the archives and collection space of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Victoria, which was established with an initial donation from the Princess’s late father, Prince Philip.

She will attend a memorial service marking the Battle of the Atlantic at the British Columbia legislature and lay a wreath, and visit the Military Family Resource Centre.

Princess Anne will also meet with Janet Austin, BC’s lieutenant governor, and several community leaders from the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2024.