Hello, I’m joining you from the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Today in Halifax, we marked the delivery of our second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke.
This ship is a testament to the dedication and resilience of everyone who works in Canada’s shipbuilding industry.
When the global pandemic threatened the health, safety, and wellbeing of so many Canadians, the hardworking shipbuilders carried on.
They adapted to keep themselves and their loved ones safe…
While doing everything possible to make sure our people in uniform have the leading-edge equipment they need to do their jobs.
It is thanks to their hard work, that the Royal Canadian Navy will soon have another powerful, modern, and agile ship in its fleet…
A ship designed to work in some of the most extreme conditions on earth…
That can carry out a variety of missions—from surveillance and search and rescue, to humanitarian aid and disaster relief across the globe.
This new ship will serve alongside HMCS Harry DeWolf, the first ship commissioned into our Navy in over 20 years.
And it is the second ship delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces through the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
Our investment into the Royal Canadian Navy will enable our sailors to serve wherever they are needed and it will create a fleet ready to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.
So, let me offer my sincerest thanks for everything our shipbuilders have done to uphold our country’s rich shipbuilding tradition, every single day…
And for your skill, hard work, and dedication to keeping our sailors well-equipped and well-supported.
Thank you. Merci beaucoup.