Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Vancouver

HMCS Vancouver Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent on a chief Azure three maple leaves Or and upon a base of three bars wavy Azure a ship in full sail proper.

Significance

The central device a ship in full sail represents Captain George Vancouver's ship and perpetuates the unofficial badge of Vancouver (1st).

MOTTO

SEMPER VIGILANS (Ever on guard)

COLOURS

Gold and Blue

AFFILIATION

HMCS Vancouver has an official affiliation with The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) (RCAC). This affiliation cannot be transferred to new construction.

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ALEUTIANS, 1942-43; ATLANTIC, 1944-45.

LINEAGE

First of Name

Destroyer, "S" Class.
Ex - HMS Toreador.
Commissioned 1 March 1928.1
Paid off 25 November 1936.2

Second of Name

Corvette, Flower Class.
Commissioned 20 March 1942.3
Paid off 22 June 1945.4

Third of Name

Frigate, Halifax Class.
Commissioned 23 August 1993.5

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

Vancouver served on escort duties off of the coasts of British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia and in the North Atlantic with 'Esquimalt Force', 'Quebec Force' and the 'Western Local Escort Force'.6


1. Excerpt, Ship's Log, HMCS Vancouver (1), Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS/NCSM Vancouver

2. Excerpt, Ship's Log, HMCS Vancouver (1), Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS /NCSMVancouver

3. Report of Working Up Program, HMCS Vancouver, 24 March 1941, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.11,874, file/dossier D.E.22-11-1

4. SMC/FDN, HMCS Vancouver, 131447 June 1945; SMC/FDN, HMCS Vancouver, 282030 June 1945

5. Annual Historical Report/Rapport historique annuel 1993 - HMCS/NCSM Vancouver, 28 March /mars1994, file/dossier 1325-1, AHR/RHA 1326-1242

6. SMC/FDN, HMCS Vancouver, 161800 September 1943; SMC/FDN, HMCS Vancouver, 102051 June 1944; Signal, C IN C CNA to NSHQ, 090033Z May 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS/NCSM Vancouver

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