Charlottetown residents awoke Wednesday to find no less than three Royal Canadian Navy ships at anchor in the harbour.
The HMCS Summerside, the HMCS Moncton and the HMCS Kingston had made an unplanned stop in the city to avoid bad weather at sea.
A spokeswoman for the navy’s public affairs department said the ships were to leave before noon and return to Halifax.
The three ships were engaged in a training exercise when the decision was made to weather the storm in Charlottetown.
All three ships are Kingston class coastal defence vessels.
They are crewed entirely by members of the Naval Reserve, with the exception of two regular force technicians per crew.
Their main missions are coastal surveillance, sovereignty patrol, route survey and training.
Each carries a crew of between 31 and 47.