Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships
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Azure a shake-fork Argent supporting in the middle chief a bezant.
Named for Captain George Vancouver's ship. The devices used in this badge are "armes parlantes," or speaking arms, where pictures of things are employed to illustrate the different syllables of the word.
The shake-fork looks like the letter Y, and the bezant is a disc of gold. In this case, in the design we find a rebus on the word DISC-OVER-Y.
STEADFAST AND VIGILANT
Blue and White
Pre-The First World War
PORTLAND, 1653; COPENHAGEN, 1801.
Perpetuates, by right of continuous unbroken service from the Royal Canadian Navy, eleven warships of the Royal Navy which previously carried this name. This perpetuation cannot be passed on to a new construction.
First of Name
Naval Reserve Division, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Commissioned as a tender to HMCS Givenchy 1 November 1941.1
Recommissioned as an independent shore establishment 1 September 1942.2
1. CNO/ONC 1666/41
2. CNO/ONC 2245/42
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