CFB Esquimalt sailors represent navy at annual Calgary Stampede

Calgary's sailors trading in their caps for stetsons this week

Sailors from CFB Esquimalt-based HMCS Calgary are temporarily trading in their standard navy-issue ball caps in exchange for white stetsons during a 10-day visit to the Calgary Stampede, now underway.

Calgary sailors typically participate in the annual event, running until  July 15. This year Calgary boarding party members and other crew are at the stampede with CFB Esquimalt’s Naden Band, crew from submarine HMCS Chicoutimi – which is undergoing repair at Victoria Shipyards – and many other Canadian air force and army personnel.

During their visit to Alberta, Calgary sailors will visit the Foothills Hospital Burn Treatment Centre and donate more than $7,000 from their charity.

emccracken@vicnews.com