Vancouver's elite Urban SAR team has been and returned
, having helped out in New Orleans in the way they were trained. There's more help on the way from Canada, in the form of Operation Unison
; this includes a a Canadian Navy flotilla
consisting of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan
, the frigates HMCS Toronto
and HMCS Ville de Quebec
and the Canadian Coast Guard boat tender HMCS Sir William Alexander.
The flotilla carries around 1000 servicepeople, many of them medical and rescue specialists, in addition to engineering and construction crews. Additionally, forty Canadian navy clearance divers
will be accompanying the relief force. Despite recent diplomatic spats between our two nations (notably over Iraq, cattle and softwood lumber) we remain good neighbours. After U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci's departure
Canada was awaiting an even worse adversary in replacement Ambassador Wilkins.
And yet, despite Wilkin's lack of knowledge of things Canadian, he appears to have a significantly greater measure of humility
than dick-swinging Cellucci ever did. In any case, as "irrelevant and disappointing" as Canada is to the likes of Bill O'Reilly
, we're on our way to help our friends to the south.
posted by illiad
on Sep 8, 2005 -