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Submarine Liberty Port: Esquimalt, Canada

Against a backdrop of white-capped mountains under a clear blue sky in Esquimalt, Canada, USS Houston (SSN-713) participated as a featured ship in Canadian Armed Forces Day on July 12th, 1999. The weekend visit provided the opportunity for Houston Sailors to sample Canadian culture while showcasing U.S. Submarine Force capabilities.

Houston demonstrated current U.S. undersea warfare technology to their hosts. Few Canadians had seen these outside of a movie theater. Houston Sailors also represented their nation and navy by touring and learning about the Canadian Force's ships that were moored nearby in Esquimalt Harbor. Houston's crew spent the weekend enjoying various outside activities and sampling an array of delicious international foods. Before leaving, many Sailors had already decided to return to Victoria with friends and family.

Distinguished visitors to Houston included: His Worship the Mayor of Esquimalt, Ray Rice; Commodore Ken McMillan (Commander, Canadian Forces Pacific Fleet); Rear Admiral Ron Buck (Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific); and Commander Randy Maze (Commander, CFB Esquimalt). True Canadian sentiment was conveyed by the Base Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ray Stacey when he said, "I have never seen the submarine force open its arms like that. Houston really made a mark and took the city by storm. Houston was undoubtedly the highlight of the day."

The topside watch finds a little shade
The topside watch finds a little shade
Enjoying "Liberty Call" ashore in Esquimalt
Enjoying "Liberty Call" ashore in Esquimalt
USS Houston pierside in port Esquimalt
USS Houston pierside in port Esquimalt
Visit the UNDERSEA WARFARE Website: www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/cno/n87/USW.html



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