So Robin, tell me about the CLaS program. Is it really like an official navy training session?
For a civilian, that’s definitely how it felt. We participated in exercises such as target practice firing at an oncoming watercraft, and a fire evacuation which was much harder than I would have expected. Even simple things like walking around the ship and showering require a lot of balance, as well as physical strength.
We were truly integrated into daily life aboard including sharing meals with the crew, learning about their lives and the life at sea, observing them in action and exchanging tips and information.
I found the experience to be both challenging and rewarding, and it gave me a newfound appreciation for what our Navy does to defend Canada’s interests and values.