Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Ottawa

HMCS Ottawa Badge

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BADGE

Description

Gules a bend wavy Argent charged with two cotises wavy Azure over all a beaver Or the sinister forepaw resting on a log of silver birch proper.

Significance

The design is derived from the unofficial pre-war and war-time badge of Ottawa, a beaver on a log of wood. The white and blue wavy bend represents the Ottawa River after which the ship is named. The red field is intended to refer to those Outaouais or Ottawans who travelled this river and from whom the name was derived.

MOTTO

EGOR BEOFOR (Ocean beaver)

COLOURS

Red and White

Note

Normal heraldic colours, the principal colours in the badge, would be gold and red, but the official Colours of Canada, white and red, are used instead because the capital of Canada lies on the Ottawa River.

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1939-45, NORMANDY, 1944, ENGLISH CHANNEL, 1944, BISCAY, 1944.

LINEAGE

First of Name

Destroyer, River Class.
Ex - HMS Crusader.
Commissioned 15 June 1938.1
Sunk 14 September 1942.2

Second of Name

Destroyer, River Class.
Ex - HMS Griffin; ex - HMCS Griffin
Commissioned 7 April 1943.3
Paid off 12 October 1945.4

Third of Name

Destroyer, St. Laurent Class.
Commissioned 10 November 1956.5
Paid off 24 May 1963.6
Recommissioned 28 October 1964.7
Paid off 31 July 1992.8

Fourth of Name

Frigate, Halifax Class.
Commissioned 28 September 1996.9

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

Ottawa (1st) served on escort duties off the eastern Canadian coast, in the North Atlantic and in the Caribbean Sea under the orders of the 'Commander-in-Chief Atlantic and West Indies'. She was sunk by the German submarine U91 while on convoy duty.10 Ottawa (2nd) served on escort and anti-submarine duties in the North Atlantic and off the coast of Normandy with the 'Mid-Ocean Escort Force'. She participated in the destruction of the German submarines U621, U678 and U987, and the Italian submarine Faa di Bruno.11


1. Telegrams and cables, Militia and Defence, Naval Service Headquarters to Commanding Officers, HMC Ships and Establishments, 15 July 1938, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.5685, file/dossier NSS 144-1-1

2. Letter, W.R. to Minister, 17 September 1942, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1000-5-7(2)

3. Naval Secretary Report, January 1943, file/dossier NS 8000-353/28/18 (NHS), para 9, "Information Concerning HMC Ships Skeena and Griffon, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Ottawa II, vol. 1

4. RCN Daily States (Monthly States), January 1946, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1650 DS vol.44

5. Booklet, "The Commissioning of HMCS Ottawa at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, P.Q., November 10, 1956", Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Ottawa

6. Report of Proceedings, May 1963, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Ottawa

7. Report of Proceedings, October 1964, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Ottawa

8. Annual Historical Report/Rapport historique annuel 1992 - HMCS Ottawa - UIC 1295 - CFOO/OOFC 9.10.5, 4 August/août 1992, file/dossier 1325-1, AHR/RHA 1326-1295

9. Annual Historical Report/Rapport historique annuel 1996 -HMCS Ottawa, 27 March/mars 1997, file/dossier 3095-1 (NAVO), AHR/RHA1326-1682

10. Naval Message, 7 October 1939, Admiralty to C-in-C Plymouth, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Ottawa; Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte Weltkriegsbücherei (Library of Contemporary History World War Library) to DND Office of the Naval Historian, 8 May 1964, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Ottawa

11. Signal, 250011B April 1944, C-in-CWA to Cmdre (D)WA, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/8440 EG 11; RCN Weekly States, 28 June 1943, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1650 DS vol.35; German, Italian and Japanese U-Boat Casualties, Particulars of Destruction Presented by the First Lord of Admiralty to Parliament, June 1946, Document Collection/collection de documents 82/1036

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