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HMCS Winnipeg returns to Greater Victoria with morning sailpast Thursday

Sailpast expected to start at 8:30 a.m. around Trial Island and head west along waterfront

HMCS Winnipeg is set to sail into Greater Victoria on Thursday morning (Dec. 16) as it returns from a more than four-month deployment.

Residents can greet the ship from shore as Winnipeg conducts a sailpast starting around 8:30 a.m. near Trial Island off Oak Bay, then passes by Harling Point, Clover Point and Ogden Point, and heads east toward Albert Head and Esquimalt Lagoon between 9:14 and 9:20 a.m. before making its way into port at CFB Esquimalt.

As always, the sailpast is subject to weather and other operational considerations.

Well-wishes poured in online in August as HMCS Winnipeg was livestreamed sailing off into its deployment.

RELATED: (Video) Victoria-based warship sets sail under sunny skies

The warship and sailors return from serving in Operations Projection and Neon in the Indo-Pacific region. Anyone can watch HMCS Winnipeg enter Esquimalt Harbour by livestream at

Those watching the sailpast on shore are asked to adhere to current COVID-19 provincial health regulations.

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