First change of command since 2019 for HMCS Goose Bay

From left, Lieutenant-Commander Andrew Foran, Captain (Navy) Sheldon Gillis, and Commander Daniel Rice signal paperwork making HMCS Goose Bay’s Change of Command officers on 13 October. photograph provides.

Joni Veitch,
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When Commander (Cdr) Daniel Rice assumed command of Her Majesty’s Canadian Delivery (HMCS) Goose Bay In March 2019, he didn’t count on to command the vessel for the following three and a half years – 1,309 days to be actual.

Talking to the ship’s firm and different company at his outgoing Change of Command ceremony held at HMC Dockyard Halifax on 13 October – Commander Rice listed among the extra memorable moments from his time as Captain, together with the unusual Time was additionally included, when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions eliminated scheduled missions from the calendar fully.

“As an alternative was a scattered group of sailors working from residence, and it was an fascinating interval,” he stated. “For nearly a yr a boatload of sailors fashioned the power virtually fully within reach of Chebucto Head. An more and more exhausted crew, who spent a lot of their time and power making ready for missions that by no means succeeded and a tradition change disaster that continues to grip the Canadian Armed Forces.

As restrictions started to ease, nonetheless, the ship and its crew stored going continuous, with duties that took them to ports in northern Canada on two separate iterations of the operation. NanookWest Africa on Operation projection, and helped with hurricane reduction efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador after North-Tropical Storm Fiona devastated the Atlantic area.

“Throughout these previous 43 months, we spent almost 370 days afloat and lined 60,000 nautical miles. That is a very long time to get to know your comrades, watch them develop as sailors and officers, and have a good time their achievements ,” Commander Rice stated, crediting the varied coxswains and govt officers and the ship’s crew for his or her help.

“The sailors will impress you day by day,” he informed the coming HMCS Goose Bay Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Commander (LCDR) Andrew Foran. “Commanding is a workforce sport, the place the entire is larger than the sum of all its components.”

Captain (Navy) Sheldon Gillis, Deputy Commander, Canadian Fleet Atlantic (CANFLTLANT), recommended Commander Rice for his time on the helm of the Kingston-class vessel, noting him to mentor his fellow officers and sailors and ‘setting himself very excessive’ Gave prime marks for ‘doing’. bar’ for discipline operations, akin to operation launch in West Africa.

“The Goose Bay The workforce has excelled in naval operations underneath Dan Rice’s management, demonstrating every day the robust, numerous and adaptive nature of the Atlantic Fleet,” he stated. “Dan, you’ve got been an unbelievable ambassador for Canada.”

Welcoming Cdr Foran because the incoming Commander, Capt (N) Gillis recounts his current command of HMCS oriole Demonstrates that the CDR Foron has ‘all the required tools’ for a profitable command.

Capt (N) Gillis stated, “You possess the qualities very important to navigating the applications that these vessels execute, together with unbiased thought in making operational choices and diligence in caring for the crews with whom you You serve.”

Thanks to the CanFlatLant command workforce for the chance to guide Goose BayCommander Foran concluded his remarks by straight addressing the ship’s crew.

Thanks for being right here and being part of the answer. I promise you that I’ll at all times be with you as we face these challenges collectively.

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