HMCS St. John's docked in St. John's Habour today. Twelve sea cadets from the province will sail onboard the ship to Halifax when it leaves Tuesday. Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
When the Canadian warship HMCS St. John's leaves port in St. John's Tuesday following a four-day visit to its namesake city, it will have about 12 new crewmembers.
The 12 sea cadets - chosen from hundreds of sea cadet applicants from across the province - have been invited to steam from St. John's to Halifax on the vessel. It's a trip of a lifetime for these young potential seafarers.
The HMCS St. John's arrived in the city on Friday.
HMCS St. John's is a multi-role patrol frigate under the command of Cmdr. Rob Clark. It carries a crew of over 200. When the ship sails with its Sea King helicopter, the crew is augmented by an air detachment of 25 aircrew.
HMCS St. John's, FFH 340, was built in Saint John, N.B. and commissioned on June 26, 1996 in St. John's - the 11th of 12 Halifax Class frigates and one of the most combat capable warships in the world.