HMCS Max Bernays Commissioned today in Vancouver, B.C.


May 3, 2024 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) formally commissioned His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Max Bernays into service at a ceremony held at Burrard Drydock Pier in North Vancouver.

A ship’s commissioning ceremony is both a long-standing naval tradition, and a special event for the ship’s company and Canadian Fleet Pacific. HMCS Max Bernays, the RCN’s third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, has the honour of being the first ship of its class to be attached to Canada’s Pacific Fleet in Esquimalt, British Columbia. During this milestone occasion, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, attended in her role as Commodore-in-Chief, Canadian Fleet Pacific to present the commissioning pennant to the ship.

The commissioning of HMCS Max Bernays included a symbolic presentation of the “keys to the ship” to the Commanding Officer, Commander Collin Forsberg, along with the breaking of the ship’s commissioning pennant, and three cheers by the ships company.

The official introduction of HMCS Max Bernays into naval service enhances the Royal Canadian Navy’s ability to enforce sovereignty in Canada’s western waters, and better meet future defence challenges in the north. These multifunctional ships will be at the core of an enhanced Arctic presence and will strategically complement the capabilities of our current and future warships through surveillance operations.



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