Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Brandon

HMCS Brandon Badge

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BADGE

Description

Vert a horse's head erased Argent gorged with a ducal coronet Or.

Significance

The horse is from the Arms of the City of Brandon, Manitoba, for which the ship is named. The ducal coronet is to illustrate that the city was named for Douglas, Duke of Brandon an important shareholder in the Hudson's Bay Company and ancestor of Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk who established the Red River settlement in 1811. The gold is to reflect the farming activities around the city. The main colours are from the Arms of the Province of Manitoba.

MOTTO

VIRES ACQUIRES EUNDO (She acquires strength through progress)

COLOURS

White and Green

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1941-45; GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE, 1944.

LINEAGE

First of Name

Corvette, Flower Class.
Commissioned 22 July 1941.1
Paid off 20 June 1945.2

Second of Name

Coastal Defence Vessel, Kingston Class.
Commissioned 5 June 1999.3

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

Brandon served on escort duties off Newfoundland and in the Atlantic Ocean with 'Newfoundland Escort Force' and 'Western Escort Force'.4


1. Signal, 16272/19, 19 July 1941, NOIC Quebec to NOIC Montreal, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.5828, file/dossier 8000-331/15

2. War Assets Corporation receipt, 22 June 1945, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.5828, file/dossier 8000-331/15; Signal, 111619Z June 1945, NOIC Sydney to CinC CNA, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.5828, file/dossier 8000-331/15

3. "HMCS Brandon is commissioned", Trident, vol.33 no.11 (14 June 1999), p.6.

4. Movement Log, HMCS Brandon, 19392/23, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000HMCS Brandon; RCNWeekly State, 6 February 1945, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1650-DS

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