HMCS ONTARIO - Commanding Officer's 2014 Year End Message.
2014 was a positive and productive year for HMCS ONTARIO in regards to our overall training programme; we were again successful in accomplishing our mandate of providing a first rate summer training and seasonal sail programme to the sea cadets of Central Region and beyond. ONTARIO is and remains the primary sail training centre in the country for the sea cadet programme, results from the 2014 Provincial and National Regattas highlight that success.
This summer the ship participated in a great number of musical performances including the Fort Henry Tattoo, the Maxville Highland games, the opening of the Lansdowne Agricultural Fair and parades on Base as well as in the community, this summer the band conducted a flash mob in the town square and the Ceremony of the Flags was a major success. The entire ship wore pink armbands for a day to promote anti-bulling and the local youth home in Kingston benefited from this year's charity drive. ONTARIO successfully conducted the regionally directed Sea Cadet Shallow Water (SCUBA) course, graduating six divers with advanced skills.
I remain incredibly proud of the ship, the people who make up our ship's company and our accomplishments this year, ONTARIO is a happy ship, flagship of the Central Region fleet and a second home to everyone who wears navy blue (toss in a few green and air blue for good measure) in Central Region. My continued thanks to the staff at Central Region and the Navy League of Canada, Ontario Division for their support of HMCS ONTARIO and finally to the officers, cadets and so many friends and families in the fleet, who support, promote and care about what we do.
On behalf of the ship and my family best wishes for the holiday season to you and yours, may 2015 be as productive, prosperous and joyful to us all.
Happy Crimbo and Merry Christmas.
LCdr Rodney J. R. Turcotte, CD, OMC
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