HMCS Haida Becomes The Ceremonial Flagship of The
Royal Canadian Navy
HMCS Haida, once destined for the scrap heap, was commissioned
as the Royal Canadian Navy's first-ever, ceremonial flagship on Saturday
May 26, 2018. Canadian navy spokesperson Jennifer St. Germain said the
Haida was chosen as the flagship because of her legendary history.
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Friends of Haida chair Walt Dermott said: "We're very proud the
HMCS Haida will take its place again in the Royal Canadian Navy ... we're
beaming from ear to ear and are very, very proud." The push for designation
started with a group called Project Naval Distinction, he said. The
Haida will now fly the Canadian Naval Ensign and observe traditional sunrise
and sunset ceremonies with it daily, said Eric Nielsen of Parks Canada.