Who is Margaret Brooke?

Margaret Brooke is the namesake of the Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) being built at Halifax Shipyard.

Lieutenant Commander Margaret Brooke, MBE, was a Royal Canadian Navy Nursing Sister decorated for gallantry during the Second World War.

On October 14, 1942, a German submarine torpedoed SS Caribou off the coast of Newfoundland, sinking the ferry within five minutes. Fighting for her own survival, Sub-Lieutenant Brooke heroically tried to save the life of her colleague and friend, Nursing Sister Sub-Lieutenant Agnes Wilkie. For her courage, Margaret Brooke was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

The 103-metre future HMCS Margaret Brooke was launched on November 10, 2019 and is now pier side at Halifax Shipyard where work continues to prepare the ship for sea trials and handover to the Royal Canadian Navy.

In May 2017, it was announced that Margaret E. Brooke, the niece of Lieutenant Commander Brooke (her rank when she retired in 1962), would act as sponsor for the vessel.

Assuming command of HMCS Margaret Brooke will be Commander Michele Tessier CD, who joined the Naval Reserves in 1996. A native of Grand Bank, NL, she previously commanded both the Naval Reserve Division HMCS Griffon in Thunder Bay, ON as well as the coastal defence vessel HMCS Nanaimo. She currently serves as Commander Coastal Forces Pacific.


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