After a week of sailing, HMCS Montreal returned back alongside Halifax Harbour. The Canadian Forces are currently celebrating Pride (July 20-30) as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary. The ship initially came alongside the new Irving Jetty to fuel prior to transiting across the harbour to berth. Here’s a few snaps I took with my phone while the ship fueled.

The Flags

Canadian Flag (The Jack)


On the Fo’c’sle (Forecastle, aka the front part of the ship), the Royal Canadian Navy flies the Canadian Flag, known as the “Jack”, from the jack staff.

Canadian Naval Ensign


A field of white with a Canada Flag in the canton. On the lower two thirds of the fly half, an eagle superimposed on an anchor beneath a naval crown, all blue.

Back aft, on the quarterdeck, and not pictured here, the Royal Canadian Navy flies the Canadian Naval Ensign from the ensign staff.

Commissioning Pennant


A white pennant with a red maple leaf near the hoist, a commissioning pennant is always flown from the masthead of a Royal Canadian Naval ship as a sign of the ship’s service to the crown.

Canada 150 Flag


A version of the Canada 150 flag being flown from 1 July to 4 September, 2017.

Pride Flag


The Canadian Forces celebrates Pride every year. This year the flag was flown from 20 July to 30 July, 2017.



As I had mentioned, these photos were taken while the ship was fueling. We hoist bravo  to let other ships know that we are fueling, one of the meanings of the flag.



While we were alongside we hoist lima to let civilian workers as well as nearby vessels know that we are radiating via our satellites and antennas. This is a precautionary measure to ensure nobody accidentally gets too close to any hardware emitting a signal and becomes radiated.