Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Winnipeg

HMCS Winnipeg Badge

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BADGE

Description

Azure a bison passant Or.

Significance

The badge design is derived from the civic devices of the Winnipeg, a crest above a shield. The shield displays three wheat sheaves, over which is a "chief showing a locomotive engine." Above the shield, or crest, is a bison.

In the ship's badge, the colours gold and blue have been used, and in support of this, one may refer to those used by the Winnipeg Football Club, the "Blue Bombers" whose members wear these colours. They are good fighting colours on the "Gridiron" so therefore should appeal to Winnipegers on the high seas.

MOTTO

None

COLOURS

Azure Blue and Gold

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1943-45.

LINEAGE

First of Name

Minesweeper, Algerine Class.
Commissioned 29 July 1943.1
Paid off 11 January 1946.2

Second of Name

Frigate, Halifax Class.
Commissioned 23 June 1995.3

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

Winnipeg served on escort duties off the coast of Nova Scotia and in the North Atlantic with the 'Western Escort Force' and the 'Halifax Force'.4


1. SMC/FDN, HMCS Winnipeg, 300500 July 1943

2. SMC/FDN, HMCS Winnipeg, 151847 January 1946

3. Annual Historical Report/Rapport historique annuel 1994/95 - HMCS/NCSM Winnipeg, UIC 1679, 31 March/mars 1996, file/dossier 1326-1 (NavO), AHR/RHA 1326-1679

1. Signal, CINCCNA to NOIC SYDNEY, 221509Z July 1945, Document Collection 81/520, 8000 HMCSWinnipeg; SMC/FDN,HMCS Winnipeg, 271924 September 1943

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