Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Huron

HMCS Huron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Or nicotine bloom Gules seed pod Vert and stamens Or.

Significance

The Hurons were known as the Tobacco Indians. Hence the badge design is derived from that plant and shows the conventionalized representation of the nicotine bloom. This is in keeping with the traditional use of flower and plant forms as fighting emblems such as the Rose of York and Lancaster and our own Maple Leaf.

MOTTO

READY THE BRAVE

COLOURS

Gold and Crimson

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ARCTIC, 1943-45; ENGLISH CHANNEL, 1944; NORMANDY, 1944.

United Nations Operation-Korea-1950-1953

KOREA, 1951-53.

LINEAGE

First of Name

Destroyer, Tribal Class.
Commissioned 19 July 1943.1
Paid off 20 March 1946.2
Recommissioned 28 February 1950.3
Paid off 12 October 1951.4
Converted to a destroyer escort and recommissioned 18 November 1952.5
Paid off 1 August 1957.6
Recommissioned 28 March 1958.7
Paid off 30 April 1963.8

Second of Name

Destroyer, Iroquois Class.
Commissioned 16 December 1972.9

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

Huron served on offensive and escort duties off of the North Russian, Norwegian and the French coasts and in the English Channel with the '3rd Destroyer Flotilla' of the 'British Home Fleet'.10 She was present on D-Day and assisted HMCS Haida in sinking the German destroyer Z32 and motor torpedo boat T29.11

United Nations Operation-Korea-1950-1953

Huron served three tours in Korean waters on offensive and escort duties.12


1. Report of Proceedings, HMCS Huron, July 1943, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Huron

2. Signal, 221601Z March 1946, Huron to COAC, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Huron

3. Report of Proceedings, HMCS Huron, 6 April 1950, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.11529, file/dossier AC 1926-355/10

4. Report of Proceedings, HMCS Huron, 28 October 1951, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.11529, file/dossier AC 1926-355/10

5. Report of Proceedings, HMCS Huron, 8 December 1952, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.11529, file/dossier AC 1926-355/10

6. Signal, 022120Z August 1957, CANAVHED to AFG 1116, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Huron

7. Report of Proceedings, HMCS Huron, 2 April 1958, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.11430, file/dossier 1926

8. Signal, 030204Z May 1963, COMSUPTLANT to CANAVHED, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Huron

9. Commissioning booklet/Livret de mise en service, HMCS/NCSM Huron, 16 December/décembre 1972, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Huron

10. Directorate of History/ Direction d'histoire, "History of HMCS Huron", 23 August 1972, PRF/DRP file/dossier R Huron; SMC/FDN, HMCS Huron, 231534 MS Feb 1945; Summary, Weekly Intelligence Reports, 4 and 11 May 1945, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Huron

11. Directorate of History History/ Direction d'histoire, "History of HMCS Huron", 23 August/août 1972, PRF/DRP file/dossier R Huron; David Brown,Warship Losses of World War Two (London, 1990), p.110;M.J.Whitley, Destroyers of World War Two. An International Encyclopedia (Annapolis, Maryland, 1988), p.28

12. Thor Thorgrimsson and E.C. Russell, Canadian Naval Operations in Korean Waters 1950-55 (Ottawa, 1965), p.153

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