Today marked a significant event for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) William Hall was officially commissioned into service during a ceremony in Halifax, N.S. on May 16, 2024.

“I join the Royal Canadian Navy in celebrating the commissioning of HMCS William Hall into Canada’s fleet. As we outlined in Our North, Strong and Free, protecting Canadian sovereignty is job number one for the Canadian Armed Forces – and these patrol vessels are an important capability that allows our Navy to fulfil this mission. As the security challenges facing Canada evolve rapidly, we are steadfastly committed to investing in the defence of our Arctic and North,” remarked the Honorable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence.

As the latest addition to the RCN’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship lineup, HMCS William Hall is set to enhance the Navy’s capabilities in maintaining Canadian sovereignty in domestic waters and addressing northern defence challenges.

“The commissioning of a ship is a critical milestone, as it represents its official welcome into the Royal Canadian Navy and signifies that it is available for unrestricted service. I commend the tremendous dedication of the captain and crew of HMCS William Hall, who have successfully completed months of trials and training to be ready for this moment. Our fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel now stands ready to protect our Arctic waters and Canada’s maritime interests,” expressed Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.

The commissioning ceremony was highlighted by a symbolic handover of the commissioning pennant to Commander Scott Kelemen, the ship’s Commanding Officer. This was accompanied by the simultaneous hoisting of the ship’s pennant and ensign, signifying the vessel’s readiness for duty.

“Today is a very exciting day for my ship’s crew. They have spent many months preparing the ship and readying themselves for the challenges ahead. A commissioning ceremony is a symbolic moment, and a once in a lifetime opportunity for many sailors. I am extremely proud of the crew that has brought HMCS William Hall into the Royal Canadian Navy fleet,” said Commander Scott Kelemen, HMCS William Hall 

Rooted in longstanding naval tradition, the commissioning ceremony is a momentous occasion for the ship’s crew, marking the vessel’s formal induction into the RCN fleet. With its sea and port trials successfully behind it, HMCS William Hall is now fully prepared to embark on its missions and operational duties.