Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Halifax

HMCS Halifax Badge

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Argent a kingfisher proper holding a trident in bend points upward Or.


In honour of the City of Halifax, the ship's badge incorporates the principle feature of the city's flag, a kingfisher. The kingfisher is holding the trident of Neptune, who was considered in Greek mythology to be Lord of all the seas. Indirectly, this conveys the navy's service on the seven seas and willingness to serve beyond the equator.


SIOR GAISGEIL (Ever brave)


White and Blue


The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1942-45.


First of Name

Corvette, Revised Flower Class
Commissioned 26 November 1941.1
Paid off 12 July 1945.2

Second of Name

Frigate, Halifax Class.
Commissioned 29 June 1992.3


The Second World War

Halifax served on escort duties in the North Atlantic, off the east coast of the United States and the Caribbean with the 'Western Local Escort Force', the 'Halifax Force', the 'Mid-Ocean Escort Force' and the 'Commander Eastern Sea Frontier'.4

1. SMC/FDN, HMCS Halifax, 1400/27/41

2. Signal, SNO Liverpool to NSHQ, 231855Z July 1945, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Halifax

3. "HMCS Halifax Annual Report - UIC 1244 - 1992", 5 June/juin 1993, file/dossier 1326-1, on AHR/RHA 1326-1244; "Navy Welcomes HMCS Halifax", The Chronicle Herald, 30 June/juin 1992, H03, PRF/DRP Halifax

4. Signal, 151507Z December 1944, C-in-C CNA to NSHQ, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Halifax; Signal, 161742Z November 1943, C-in-C CNA to NSHQ, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Halifax; SMC/FDN, HMCS Halifax, 1658/16/8/42 to/Ó 16/1/43

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