Whitehorse celebrates 10th anniversary of its ship

If you didn’t know Whitehorse has a naval ship named after it, then you probably don’t know what it does.

If you didn’t know Whitehorse has a naval ship named after it, then you probably don’t know what it does.

Whitehorse residents will get to visit with the crew of the city’s namesake ship, the HMCS Whitehorse, this weekend.

It’s an educational celebration.

The ship’s commanding officer and 25 crew members will be visiting the city Saturday and Sunday.

They’ll be in Shipyards Park on April 19 to meet and greet the public and celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the ship’s commissioning.

“Our upcoming visit enables us to form an even closer tie with our namesake city,” said Lt.-Cmdr. Brad Henderson in a media release.

“It allows the citizens of Whitehorse to meet with their sailors and gain a better understanding of what they do, as we are all ambassadors for the city.”

The HMCS Whitehorse is the second warship named for the city. Commissioned in Esquimalt in 1998, the ship serves in the Pacific Fleet.

It’s one of 12 multi-role minor warships and is manned mostly by naval reservists.

The ships runs primarily coastal surveillance and patrol missions.

Henderson and his crew will be at Shipyards Park along with city officials from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. JW

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