USS De Wert Visits Canada For War Of 1812 Commemoration

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August 8, 2012 – 2:56pm

Sailors man the rails aboard Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS DeWert (FFG 45) as the ship arrives in Montreal. DeWert, Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC 3) and Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332) are visiting cities in America and Canada to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Photo by MC2 Tony D. Curtis
Sailors man the rails aboard Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS DeWert (FFG 45) as the ship arrives in Montreal. DeWert, Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC 3) and Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332) are visiting cities in America and Canada to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
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Sailors assigned to Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC 3) watch a concert featuring Slash from Guns n' Roses.  Photo by MC2 Tony D. Curtis

Photo by MC2 Tony D. Curtis
Sailors assigned to Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC 3) watch a concert featuring Slash from Guns n’ Roses.

By Ensign Hannah Johnston
USS De Wert Public Affairs

USS De Wert (FFG 45) left Jacksonville, Florida on July 16 to begin a 73-day cruise through the Great Lakes to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Since her departure, De Wert has visited the Canadian cities of Halifax, Quebec City, and Montreal and is currently en route to her first American port, Milwaukee.
At each of the Canadian port visits, De Wert  hosted distinguished visitor receptions for the respective cities’ mayors, military officials, and other public figures to further our ties with our sister country.
“We did a phenomenal job because we functioned as a team and were dedicated until the end,” said Cmdr. Joseph Thomas, commanding officer of USS De Wert.
The crew of De Wert has succeeded at fulfilling a demanding schedule of completing ship preparations, providing tours, conducting community relations projects, and engaging with the public of the host city. More than 5,000 people visited De Wert in Quebec City and Montreal.
“I really enjoy the opportunity to meet and mingle with the people and for them to see the finished product of all our hard work,” said Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Nathaniel Pennywell.
Currently, De Wert is transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway, which provides a system of locks, channels, and canals for ships to transit from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. De Wert’s arrival into the Great Lakes is a highly anticipated event, as it is the first Navy frigate to visit the Great Lakes since the Navy’s last Great Lakes Cruise in 1999. The USS Hurricane (PC 3) and the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Ville de Quebec are also traveling with De Wert throughout the Great Lakes for the commemoration events. Other scheduled port visits include Chicago, Toledo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo.
The War of 1812, also known as America’s second war for independence, is regarded by many as the conflict that started our country’s rise to global influence.  From 1812 to 1815, we fought to expand to the north and west, and to assert our rights to trade freely with other countries, without interference from Britain’s Royal Navy ships on the high seas. Our modern Navy and our role as a global maritime power are rooted in the events of 1812 to 1815. More information on the Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 can be found at www.ourflagwasstillthere.org.

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