Raven (PCT-56) RCN Training Vessel

Raven

Raven (PCT-56) RCN Training Vessel (Murray Polson photo)

Murray Polson, our Victoria Waterfront Correspondent, came across Raven (PCT-56) on the marine ways for maintenance in Victoria Harbour. She is one of eight Orca-class RCN naval training tenders. All eight are based at CFB Esquimalt in British Columbia. They provide a training platform for naval officers and at-sea familiarization for sea cadets. The ships may also be assigned to support surveillance and other operations if required.

Raven

Raven (PCT-56) RCN Training Vessel (Murray Polson photo)

She was built at Victoria Shipyards, Victoria, BC and accepted March 15, 2007. She carries a complement of 4 crew plus 16 trainees. She displaces 210 tons (33m x 8.34m x 2m / 108.3’ x 3.74’ x 6.6 ’) She is capable of 20 knots (37 km/h).

Raven

Raven (PCT-56) RCN Training Vessel (Murray Polson photo)

These vessels operate year-round in British Columbia coastal waters and frequently visit many local ports throughout the Gulf Islands, Southern Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the San Juan Islands, and in Puget Sound and as far as Alaska.

Author's Postscript: Two of our readers (Commander George Godwin and Captain Glen Power) point out that Raven is not "commissioned" into the fleet - and acts as a training platform only. Gerald Pash (Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters) points out that they are fitted for but not with .50 Cal machine guns. Two vessels were fitted out for OPERATION PODIUM, but the weapons were removed after the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Jerry Proc has an excellent detailed paper on the Orca-class vessels on his website well worth perusing.

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