On August 7, Mayor Curtis attended the Change of Command Ceremony for the HMCS Whitehorse in Esquimalt, BC.
He is pictured here with the Ship's Mother Ione Christensen and the incoming Commanding Officer LCdr Shane Denneny.
Photo courtesy of Cpl Blaine Sewell, MARPAC Imaging.
Photo 1: Ranj Pillai, Ione Christensen, and Heather Horsnell
Photo 2: Councillor Gladish, Ione Christensen, Mayor Curtis, Councillor Curteanu and Councillor Irwin
Photo 3: Ranj Pillai, Councillor Gladish, Ione Christensen, Mayor Curtis, Councillor Curteanu, Councillor Irwin and Heather Horsnell
The HMCS Whitehorse is having some retrofitting work done to keep her looking 'Ship Shape'. The Junior Ranks Mess will get a face lift and feature some Yukon art.
When the ship was commissioned in 1999, the Best Western Gold Rush Inn was the Sponsor of the "Gold Panners Bar" in the Mess. When asked for help again they were more than willing to have a gold pan painted for the Ship.
The City of Whitehorse provided two Yukon scenes, one of Northern Lights and the other of the Lowell Glacier and Lake in Kluane National Park.
Ship Sponsor, the Honourable Ione Christensen was on hand in City Hall to accept the three gifts on behalf of Lieutenant-Commander Rochon and the crew. Christensen said “the support shown the ship by our City now and over the past years has been greatly appreciated by the crews and has help maintain a strong bound of friendship.”
Learn more about the ship bearing the name of our City
HMCS Whitehorse was christened in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 24, 1997 and first sailed from the builder’s yard that September.
The ship, the sixth of 12 ships built under the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project, carries out coastal surveillance and patrol.
Mayor Dan Curtis and former Whitehorse Mayors attended a special sailing in 2013.
According to the Navy, these vessels will also provide support to other government departments such as Customs and Fisheries, can support search and rescue operations and environmental disaster response. The 55-metre ship carries surveillance radar, a 40-mm gun and .50-calibre weapons.
Former Yukon Senator and Whitehorse Mayor Ione Christensen is the sponsor of the ship and has been ever since she was christened.
Ione Christensen is the Mother for the ship and is addressed as 'Mom' by the crew. During her years in the Senate it was 'Senator Mom.' She tries to attend each change of command in Esquimalt.
HMCS Whitehorse Commanders:
1997 -1999 LCdr. D.L.Carroll
1999 -2001 LCdr. Doug Stark
2002 -2003 LCdr. Bob Ramage
2003 -2004 LCdr. Dale Turetski
2004 -2007 LCdr. Jim Sprang
2007- 2010 LCdr. Brad Henderson
2010-2011 LCdr. Angus Fedoruk
2011 LCdr. Scott Crewshaw
2012-2014 LCdr. Mike Sorsdahl
January 2014 HMCS Whitehorse Donation To Yukon Learn
This donation was raised by the crew of HMCS Whitehorse. The crew raised these funds by auctioning parking spots, singing personal wake-up songs, having senior hands stand someone’s watch at sea or clean their station, and through 50/50 draws.
Each year, the HMCS Whitehorse donates money for a different charitable organization in our community. All ships have similar fundraising efforts for their namesake city.
For more information on the HMCS Whitehorse, visit navy-marine.forces.gc.ca.