Protector in Halifax

We've reached the final stop of our #ProtectorInCanada Tour.

After stops in Montreal, Quebec City and Sydney, HMS Protector reached the final stop of her tour: Halifax.

We share some of our favourite moments from #ProtectorInHalifax below:


Captain Milly is the first female captain to command one of the Navy’s ships.

For this reason, it was only fitting we host a ‘Women in Leadership Panel’ aboard HMS Protector.

Local industry leaders and crew from HMS Protector and HMCS Margaret Brooke were invited to ask panellists about their experience as women in the fields of defence and diplomacy.

High Commissioner Susannah Goshko moderated the discussion as Captain Milly, Captain Nicole Robichaud (Royal Canadian Navy Commander) and Captain Lara Barrett (Canada Coast Guard) shared their inspiring insights.


The rain and clouds cleared just in time for another VIP Reception (all too similar to our experience in Montreal). Local government officials, members of the Canadian armed forces and several local partners joined us on board for great conversation and more delicious food and drink.  The Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Martin Connell CBE was present as well.

Huge thank you to Ultra and QinetiQ  for sponsoring the reception – two British-based defence companies that have established strong roots in Nova Scotia.


On 30 June, HMS Protector welcomed a new Commanding Officer on board: 13-year-old Captain Brynn Forness from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – the winner of our Captain for a Day competition!

Captain Brynn and her family enjoyed a full day of activities aboard the ship. See what Captain Brynn got up to in the video.


We were thrilled to receive a special invitation to attend the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax. From drums and pipes to ‘Flying Grandpas’, it was an incredible performance and a huge honour to have ‘Captain’ Brynn, Captain Milly and Brigadier Doug Gibson take the salute at the end of the show.


On Canada Day we treated Captain Milly and her crew, along with some of our Canadian partners, to a good  ol’ fashioned BBQ – a small token of our appreciation for the hard work put into the Protector In Canada Tour.

Over the last 3 weeks, the crew of HMS Protector has been nothing short of amazing. We are so grateful for all they have done.

Special thanks to Chef Jarrah for the wonderful meal.


As we wrap up the #ProtectorInCanada tour, we want to wish HMS Protector a safe journey onto her next adventure and say thank you.

Thank you to everyone involved with the tour: Captain Milly and her crew, our friends at Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy, our sponsors (Rolls Royce, Britishvolt, QinteQ and Ultra) and to the amazing cities and towns who warmly welcomed HMS Protector to their ports.  

The last several weeks have been incredible!