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Two Nova Scotia Wines Selected to Name HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays

Today, the vintages of two Nova Scotia wineries were selected to officially name the two Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships at a ceremony to be held this coming Sunday, May 29th, 2022.

HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays are ships #2 and #3 of the Arctic Offshore and Patrol Ship program (AOPS). These ships are named to honour prominent Royal Canadian Navy heroes who served their country with the highest distinction.

The naming of a ship is a steeped in history and naval tradition. Dating back centuries, this ritual is believed to bring good luck and safe travel to the vessel and crew.

“The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships are built in Nova Scotia by the skilled and dedicated shipbuilders at the Halifax Shipyard, so it is most fitting to use Nova Scotia wines to name the vessels,” explained Kevin Mooney, President of Irving Shipbuilding.

“Today we are pleased to officially select the wines to be used for this weekend's dual naming ceremony: Lightfoot & Wolfville's Blanc de Blancs Brut 2014 will be used by Allyson Brooke and Margaret Elizabeth Brooke to name the future HMCS Margaret Brooke. We are pleased to have Blomidon Estate Winery Ltd's Blanc de Blancs Brut 2010 will be used by Shannon Bernays to name the future HMCS Max Bernays,” Mooney announced.

“We are delighted to see Nova Scotia wineries as part of this century’s old tradition. As a Nova Scotia farm winery located in Wolfville employing 70 people and entering our 11th vintage, we are honoured to have our 2014 Blanc de Blancs Brut - our most awarded wine to date - being used to name HMCS Margaret Brooke after an extraordinary Canadian war hero. We wish this ship and all who will bravely serve aboard her safe sailings and returns to home port,” said the Lightfoot Family.

“From everyone at Blomidon Estate Winery, we are very proud to participate in the inaugural launch of HMCS Max Bernays, and to celebrate the occasion we are utilizing our 2010 Blanc de Blanc wine which was our inaugural release of this vintage,” said Tim Ramey, President of Blomidon Estate Winery.

“Nova Scotia’s wine industry contributes to our province’s economy and our collective sense of place. Wines from Nova Scotia are recognized nationally and internationally for their cool climate excellence. In vineyards around the province, buds are breaking, and wine growers are busy preparing their vineyards for the agriculture season ahead. Seafaring and farming are both integral parts of our provincial heritage, so on behalf of Nova Scotians, I’m proud to wish smooth sailing for these new ships and the growing season ahead,” said Minister of Agriculture Greg Morrow, Province of Nova Scotia.

“The Annapolis Valley is the heart of Nova Scotia's emerging wine sector; I am so pleased that two exquisite wines from Kings-Hants have been selected to be part of this ceremonial and historic event as we celebrate HMCS Margaret Brooke and HCMS Max Bernays. Nova Scotia is proud to be the home of Canada’s shipbuilding,” explained Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants

“The Nova Scotia wine industry is honoured to participate in the naming of the HMCS Margaret Brooke and the HMCS Max Bernays after two Canadian heroes. Partnering land and sea, Nova Scotia is not only a wine region with the world's highest tides, but our province's wine is grown on an ancient seabed that contributes to a unique viticulture climate and terroir. We are privileged to participate in this ceremony and to all those who serve, we thank you for your sacrifices and we wish for a safe journey home,” commented Haley Brown, Executive Director, Wine Growers Nova Scotia.


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(L-R) CPO1 Tari Lightwood, Coxswain of the future HMCS Max Bernays; Kody Blois Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants; Rachel Lightfoot from Lightfoot & Wolfville; Kevin Mooney, Irving Shipbuilding President; Tim Ramey from Blomidon Estate Winery; Greg Morrow MLA Guysborough-Tracadie, Minister of Agriculture, Nova Scotia; Cdr Collin Forsberg, commander of the future HMCS Max Bernays

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