HMCS Regina and HMCS Winnipeg to sail past Victoria Thursday

HMCS Regina and HMCS Winnipeg to sail past Victoria Thursday
Master Corporal Andre Maillet, MARPAC Imaging Services
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship REGINA sails out of Esquimalt Harbour on July 31, 2020.

If you want to get a glimpse of HMCS Regina and HMCS Winnipeg this afternoon, you can head down to the Greater Victoria shoreline.

Both Royal Canadian Navy vessels are sailing past the Greater Victoria shoreline from 4:15 p.m. PDT to 5:15 p.m. PDT. The two Halifax-class frigates are leaving for the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) off of Hawaii.

Hosted by the United States Navy every two years in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California, RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise. Canada has participated since the first RIMPAC in 1971.

Due to COVID-19, RIMPAC 2020 is currently planned as an at-sea only exercise from Aug. 17 to 31.

On Thursday afternoon, HMCS Regina and HMCS Winnipeg will travel in consort with each of their embarked Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopters airborne.

Starting near Discovery Island at approximately 4:15 p.m., the ships will travel west past the following observation points:

  •  Trafalgar park at 4:40 p.m.;
  • Clover Point park at 4:45 p.m.;
  •  Beacon Hill park at 4:50 p.m.;
  • Holland Point park at 4:55 p.m.;
  • Ogden Point breakwater 5 p.m.;
  • MaCauley Point park 5:05 p.m.;
  • Saxe Point park 5:10 p.m. and;
  • Esquimalt Lagoon at 5:15 p.m.

The public is reminded to observe COVID-19 physical distancing efforts during this event.


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