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MCDV Family Network

When you join a Family Network for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV), you’ll receive important email updates on a deployment, information on social activities and get the opportunity to connect with others going through the same experience as part of HMCS Brandon, HMCS Edmonton, HMCS Nanaimo, HMCS Saskatoon, HMCS Whitehorse, or HMCS Yellowknife.

Family Network Representative: Vacant
Email:Family Network Rep
Facebook Group:Email your Rep to be added
Family Information Form:EnglishFrench (PDF)
Deployment Support Book:EnglishFrench (PDF)
Website:Royal Canadian Navy
MCDVs on Social Media:Edmonton on Twitter, Brandon on Twitter

Homecoming Information

New homecoming day/time!

HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Edmonton will be arriving in Esquimalt Harbour on Thursday October 5.

Guests who are on the access list (generated by the ships) are welcome to park in the lower parking lot at the corner of Canteen Road and Esquimalt Road.

Guests will then be met by military escorts at the corner of Canteen and Esquimalt Roads and walked to side gate on Canteen Road (across from the parking lot) where they will be then signed in and escorted to Y Jetty on foot.

Suggested arrival time to the Canteen Road parking lot for guests is no earlier than 1pm. HMCS YELLOWKNIFE is scheduled to arrive at approximately 2pm. HMCS EDMONTON will follow shortly after.

Guests are reminded that photo ID will be required for those over the age of 13.

Strollers are encouraged as there is no seating at the jetty.


  • Pets are NOT allowed on Dockyard
  • Dress warm – it’s always colder than you think.
  • Bring a snack, their arrival could be delayed.


The picture taken in Ulukhaktuk is a shot of HMCS YELLOWKNIFE conducting small boat operations into the community on September 4th.HMCS YELLOWKNIFE at Anchor in Ulukhaktuk

The picture taken from Herschel Island was HMCS EDMONTON/YELLOWKNIFE at anchor on September 11th, where the ships joined the crew and guests from the M/V Polar Prince at the historical site on the island.

HMCS EDMONTON and YELLOWKNIFE at Anchor by Herschel Island

Update from CO of HMCS Yellowknife

To Families, Friends, MFRC representatives and Supporters of HMCS YELLOWKNIFE and her CREW,

I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you for your support to my sailors. Through the telephone calls, letters and Care packages from home, you have made this deployment less stressful for the members of my crew.

Over the last 55 days, YELLOWKNIFE has transited North from Victoria BC to Ulukhaktok NT. She has been fortunate to visit beautiful, isolated communities such as Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok, Tuktoyuktuk and Herschel Island, participating in community relation tasks and bringing the Navy to Canadians who otherwise might never know what we do. Our mission has had the added benefit of serving Canada by maintaining a presence in Canada’s third Ocean and increasing our joint capability by operating with the US Coast guard.

Having logged 7,610 nautical miles we are now on our way South towards “HOME”, YELLOWKNIFE will enjoy the ports of Dutch Harbor and Sitka AK before returning to Victoria on 6 October 17, to take advantage of some well-deserved leave prior to entering into our next sailing period.

Once again, on behalf of myself, the XO, the Coxn and most importantly my crew. Thank you for all your continued support for this deployment and into the future.


LCdr D.R. Thompson-Greiff, CD
Commanding Officer
Her Majesty`s Canadian Ship Yellowknife

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