A number of St. John’s area employers, educators, new naval reserve recruits and members of the media went for a day sail aboard the Royal Canadian Navy vessel HMCS Summerside Friday, June 14, 2013 for a display of what navy reservists do, and what the ship itself is capable of.
The event was aimed at spreading awareness among employers and educators, and seeking support for reservists who may be among their employees or student body. Such support includes an understanding of why reservists need time off to train and to go on naval exercises.
The Summerside left port at HMCS Cabot at Pier 26 in St. John’s harbour on a foggy, cool and damp morning with the rough seastate outside St. John’s Narrows causing some uneasy stomachs.
Lt.-Cdr. Jason Karle said the Summerside was on a fisheries patrol mission before coming to St. John’s last week. It was due to continue with that mission upon leaving port, and later will head to the Arctic on a sovereignty patrol.
Karle and crew put the Summerside through a number of sea maneuvers that impressed those onboard before returning to the harbour.