Two ships in the Royal Canadian Navy, the HMCS Summerside and the HMCS Shawinigan are at the government dock for the weekend as they take on fresh water and other supplies and do their best to convince young Canadians what great career opportunities await them as shipmates.
Leading the visit are the two commanding officers of the ships–Lt.-Commander Paul Roddick of the HMCS Shawinigan and Lt.-Commander Luc Tremblay of the HMCS Summerside.
Just before LambtonShield.com took a tour of the Summerside, Lt. Commander Tremblay gave an introduction in three parts:
The Summerside, Tremblay explains, is a very capable ship.
Clearly, recruitment is one of the main purposes of the trip, which Tremblay explains:
Lt.-Nav officer Zac Townson, a native of Sarnia, took LambtonShield.com on a tour of the Summerside, beginning with the bridge.
A panel of alarms identifies any problems that may occur on the Summerside.
Weapons are part of what makes the Summerside an entirely capable ship representing Canada on the seas.
The role of the Summerside is explained by Townson.
The Summerside has been in all extremes of weather, hot and cold.
Use of weapons and damage control is all part of the training.
Responding to rescues or transfers is part of life on the sea.
In the event of a man overboard incident, the Summerside crew is ready to respond immediately.
Having a fire on board is a serious matter that commands the attention of all the Summerside's sailors.
Where do sailors sleep?
Food is very important on board.
Officers' mess is explained by Lt.-Nav Townson.
Explaining the "ringing of the bell" tradition on board.
The HMCS Summerside and the HMCS Shawinigan will be in Sarnia through Sunday.