A Holiday Message from Rear Admiral Craig Baines

MARLANT - Admiral's View / December 11, 2017

On behalf of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, I would like to wish a “Happy Holidays” to our entire Defence Team, both military and civilian, their families and loved ones.

With the recent 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion and Remembrance Day ceremonies held here and abroad, we have spent much of the last couple of months reflecting on the past and remembering those that came before us. However, the holiday period is a time for us to value the present, embrace friends and loved ones, and to look forward to what the future will bring in 2018.

If 2018 is anything like 2017, it will be eventful. Over the last year we have witnessed dedication and commitment at the highest level. From providing support here in Canada to responding to ice storms in New Brunswick, flooding in Labrador and Québec, to contributing to hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean, we were ready to help when we were needed.

Throughout the year we also sent our ships to new areas, helping to contribute to regional security in the Gulf of Guinea, while continuing to provide valued support to operations such as Op CARIBBE, combatting narcotics trafficking in the Caribbean, and Op REASSURANCE, standing with our NATO partners in Europe.

To be ready for these operations takes the concerted effort of the entire Defence Team. So to all of you, I say Bravo Zulu. Please take the time this holiday to rest-up after this busy year, and enjoy time with your friends and family. 

To all of those who will continue to stand the watch, who will be ready for Search and Rescue calls, and who will remain on deployment throughout the holidays like the officers and crew of HMCS Charlottetown, know that we are thinking of you, and that we wish you and your families all the very best. Your sacrifices are recognized, and your stalwart dedication appreciated. 

So, as a successful 2017 comes to a close, and a bright 2018 is within reach, I thank all of you for your hard work and dedication over the past year and I hope you all take great pride in your achievements and contributions to our Defence Team

In conclusion, should you be here ashore, or at sea, I wish everybody in the Defence Team happy holidays and a safe New Year.