Margaret Brooke Commissioned in Halifax

Today, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) officially welcomed His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Margaret Brooke into naval service October 28 with a commissioning ceremony. This ceremony marks a significant achievement for both the RCN and the Canadian shipbuilding industry. The introduction of a second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which sustains thousands of jobs annually in Canada, will enhance the RCN’s ability to enforce sovereignty and meet the future defense challenges in Canada’s offshore and Arctic waters. A ship’s commissioning ceremony is both…

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Who is Margaret Brooke?

Margaret Brooke is the namesake of the Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) built at Halifax Shipyard. Lieutenant Commander Margaret Brooke MBE was a Royal Canadian Navy Nursing Sister decorated for gallantry during the Second World War. On October 14, 1942, a German submarine torpedoed the SS Caribou off the coast of Newfoundland, sinking the ferry within five minutes. While fighting for her own survival, Sub-Lieutenant Brooke heroically tried to save the life of her colleague and friend, Nursing Sister Sub-Lieutenant Agnes Wilkie. For her courage,…

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