HMCS Winnipeg has a new skipper.
Alberta-born Cmdr. Geoff (Sammy) Everts assumed command of the warship on Tuesday, taking over from outgoing ship’s captain Cmdr. Richard Dowker.
Since joining the Canadian Forces in 1989, Everts has served on board several Canadian Navy ships and experienced deployments to Afghanistan and Haiti.
Dowker, originally from Winnipeg, will serve as commander of Sea Training Pacific, which provides training, expertise and assistance to the Pacific fleet.
HMCS Winnipeg is one of 12 Halifax-class frigates in the Canadian Navy, which are said to be among the most advanced warships in the world.