Well, it’s been one heck of a month. It seems like we were just in Toronto, came home, and then bam, we were in Victoria (I’m going to invest in teleportation research ASAP). We were there to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the H.M.C.S. CALGARY, one of the frigates in the harbor there. The first thing we were to do was to go on a tour of the ship, which we headed to immediately.
As we pulled in, we were met by the Lieutenant Commander to give us a guided tour. As we got into the vehicle to go through security, I immediately put my foot in my mouth (which I am sure surprises no one), “How many boats are stationed here?” If you know anyone in the Navy, you will know why this is bad. If not, let me tell you what it’s like: it’s sort of like somebody coming to Calgary and saying, “so, do you always have this little rodeo?” It was a little bigger than that… As we pulled up to CALGARY, I understood why the word ‘boat’ was ridiculous.
She was a beauty of a ship; everything had been designed for a purpose, and she was HUGE. (Let me offer a point of reference: I used to consider houseboats ‘huge’.) I was seeing the Calgary Stampede of ships. I was in awe from the moment that we were greeted by the Commanding Officer, to when we were invited below to exchange hats (I hope his white Smithbilt is getting as much use as my ball cap) to when we were taken on a tour of the command centre. The H.M.C.S. CALGARY is the first frigate to be completely updated and refitted with the most cutting edge technology in Canada, and it was mind-boggling. The three of us were like little kids, with so many questions that I’m sure they wanted to institute quiet time. But seriously. That ship was crazy. In Calgary, I have always taken space for granted, but being aboard that ship showed me just what you can do with a small space if you design the entire thing with a purpose in mind.
Thank you again to the crew of Our Majesty’s H.M.C.S. CALGARY, and know that getting to help you celebrate your 19th anniversary was one of the most amazing things that I have been a part of, and that the three of us are incredibly honoured to have been there.