During HMCS Brunswicker’s April Mess Dinner, Lieutenant Commander David Brown, Commanding Officer of Brunswicker, presented Commodore Martha Mulkins, Commander of Canada’s Naval Reserves with a framed image of HMCS Sackville on convoy duty. HMCS Sackville, built in Saint John during the Second World War, is the namesake ship of Sackville, New Brunswick and the epitome of Naval Reserve service as corvettes were manned almost entirely by reservists.
During WW II, many RCN frigates, corvettes, and minesweepers were named for towns and cities across the country. The tradition continues to this day, with frigates, MCDVs, and submarines named for Canadian cities. As was the case in wartime, most namesake cities and “their” ship have established a relationship which often includes visits from one to the other.