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HMCS Nanaimo in town for tours over Canada Day long weekend

Maritime coastal defence vessel will be at Visiting Vessel Pier on July 1-2
The crew of HMCS Nanaimo will welcome the public when the ship comes to Nanaimo. There will be tours on July 1-2 at Nanaimo’s Visiting Vessel Pier. (File photo)

His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Nanaimo will be open for public tours in Nanaimo when it conducts a namesake city visit over the Canada Day long weekend.

HMCS Nanaimo recently participated in Trident Fury – a multinational, joint and combined exercise involving more than 1,000 military personnel, six Royal Canadian Navy ships, numerous Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, Canadian Army personnel, as well as personnel and assets from the United States, NATO partners and Japan, according to a Canadian Armed Forces press release.

The maritime coastal defence vessel will be docked at the Visiting Vessel Pier in downtown Nanaimo on Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2 and the ship will be open for public tours Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rigid-hull inflatable boat rides will be available to the public during these times.

All members of the community are welcome to join the ship and crew in celebration of the namesake city visit. Visitors do not need to book in advance and are invited to show up at the pier during tour hours.

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