Earl Dreeshen on the starboard bridge wing of HMCS MONTRÉAL with USS PORTER in the background.

July 30, 2010

The HMCS MONTRÉAL hosted Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, for a sail between Halifax and St. John’s while the ship was enroute for OP NANOOK, a major Canadian Forces operation in the North.

Earl was onboard as part of the CF Parliamentary Program where MPs are embedded with their choice of the Navy, Army or Air Force units, during major exercises.

During his time onboard, Earl had hands-on Navy experiences as a firefighter, helmsman, boat driver, and engineering roundsman. He stood watch on the bridge and observed “Officer of the Watch” maneuvers and a man overboard exercise. After maneuvers he joined the Chief Petty Officers in their mess for a Navy tradition of having soup at 10 a.m. 

He also shot the sig sauer pistol and the C7 service rifle on the flight deck after enjoying a meal with the junior ranks onboard. He was given a thorough tour of the Operations Room prior to an Air Defence Exercise with the US Navy Destroyer USS PORTER. Needless to say, there was little rest in the short time he was onboard. Earl departed HMCS MONTRÉAL after having been presented with a Ship’s coin and ball cap.

-Courtesy of the Maple Leaf and Trident, a navy and military newspaper.