The Royal Canadian Navy Ship, His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Margaret Brooke, will embark on its maiden visit Jamaica to fortify the longstanding defence relationship and bilateral bonds between the two nations.
In its first port of call to Ocho Rios, the HMCS Margaret Brooke will host the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and other government officials for a tour and reception.
HMCS Margaret Brooke, the newest addition to Canada’s fleet of powerful warships, was commissioned into service in October 2022.
Meanwhile, her crew members will also engage in community service, undertaking construction improvements at a local basic school. The port of call also serves as an opportunity for essential supply replenishment, ensuring the ship’s readiness for maritime operations.
HMCS Margaret Brooke first departed Canadian homeport of Halifax on January 12 for a six-week deployment on Operation Caribbe. Led by the US, this deployment marks Canada’s contribution to the enhanced counter-narcotics operations focused on strengthening safety and security, in the Caribbean region.
The 6,615-tonne Arctic Offshore and Patrol Ship (AOPS) is one of the largest classes of naval vessels ever built in Canada. HMCS Margaret Brooke is one of a number of Royal Canadian Navy ships deployed on operations around the world this year.
Jamaica and Canada have a long history of close cooperation in the area of defence and security, including more than 50 years of relations between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the JDF.
The visit underscores the commitment to strengthening defence and diplomatic relations between the CAF, JDF and the Government of Jamaica.
This partnership is reinforced by a mutual commitment to address common challenges through capacity building as both countries collaborate to enhance regional security.