HMCS Regina. Photo from the National Defence website.
The crew aboard the HMCS Regina are just a week away from being home with their families.
The naval ship named for the Queen City was on a nine month mission to support maritime security and counter terrorism. They also worked on military to military relations and responded to another ship in distress.
Checking in by phone on Tuesday Commander Jason Boyd says he’s particularly proud of how the crew members worked on outreach projects like visiting orphanages.
“They reached deep into their pockets both from a financial perspective and into their hearts to just put a smile on kids’ faces that had otherwise had a pretty poor standard of living,” he commented.
Back in January, the crew sprang into action when they came across a suspected drug smuggling ship. It got away but not before 1,000 pounds of narcotics was thrown into the water and destroyed.
“I can’t do anything more than speculate as to where the cargo was destined but certainly we were quite happy to make that interception but if history were to dictate where those narcotics were going it would certainly indicate that they weren’t headed to the right hands,” Boyd said.
The commander says they are now moving into a training mission where a group of trainees that joined them in Thailand will get experience in operations.
The HMCS Regina is in Hawaii right now and Boyd says excited is the best word to describe the crew as they get close home shores in Victoria, B.C.