Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron

880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Or issuant from a base barry wavy of three Azure a demi opinicus Sable armed and langued Gules and holding in the dexter paw a maple leaf of the last.

Significance

The opinicus is a member of the menagerie of fabulous monsters used in heraldry. It resembles the griffin whose upper body is an eagle and the lower part a lion. The forelegs of the opinicus are, however, those of the lion while it has a short tail such as that of a bear or a camel. The design suggests that 880 has the strength of the lion combined with the aerial agility and power of the eagle as it rises from the sea on strong wings to defend and uphold the honour of Canada.

MOTTO

REPÉRER ET DÉTRUIRE (To seek out the foe and to destroy him)

COLOURS

Black and Gold

BATTLE HONOURS

Second World War

DIEGO SUAREZ, 1942; MALTA CONVOYS, 1942; NORTH AFRICA, 1942; SICILY, 1943; Salerno, 1943; NORWAY, 1944; JAPAN, 1945.

LINEAGE

Authorized on the Royal Canadian Navy order of battle 24 January 1946 and incorporates the following units.

880 Squadron

Authorized as '825 Squadron' on transfer from the 'Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm' 24 January 1946 (where it had been reformed 1 July 1945).1
Redesignated '825 Anti-Submarine Squadron' on 15 January 1951.2
Redesignated '880 Anti-Submarine Squadron' 1 May 1951.3
Amalgamated with '881 Squadron' 7 July 1959, retaining the senior designation.4
Redesignated '880 Maritime Surveillance Squadron' 9 June 1975.5
Redesignated '880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron' 3 March 1980.7
Reduced to nil strength between 9 March and 1 September 1990.8

881 Squadron

Authorized as '826 Squadron', 24 January 1946, on transfer from the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm (where it had been reformed 15 August 1945).9
Disbanded 23 February 1946.10
Reformed 15 May 1947.11
Redesignated '881 Squadron', 1 May 1951.12
Amalgamated with 880 Squadron 7 July 1959, as above.

Note - Prior to Unification, naval battle honours were assigned to ship's names and squadron numbers as if all were on an integrated Commonwealth order of battle composed of all the units of a single Queen's navy. Thus 880 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Navy inherited the battle honours won by the British 880 Squadron of the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm.

SQUADRON STANDARD

880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron

1. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.37; NHS/SHM, “A History of VS-880", PRF/DRP R S7 880

2. Amendment List 1 to CFOO 9.5.1/Liste de modificatifs 1 de l'OOFC 9.5.1, 13 August/août 1968, file/dossier F 1901-2219/880 (DO); J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.55

3. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.55; NHS/SHM, “A History of VS-880", PRF/DRP R S7 880

4. CFOO/OOFC 9.5.1, 28 July/juillet 1970, file/dossier F 1901-1313 (DO); NHS/SHM, “A History of VS-880", PRF/DRP R S7 880

5. CFOO/OOFC 9.5.1, 9 June/juin 1975, file/dossier 1901-1313 (DOE)

6. CFOO/OOFC 2.8.3, 12 January/janvier 1978, file/dossier 1901-1313 (DMCO)

7. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DMCO 40, 031900Z Mar/mars 80, file/dossier 1901-1313

8. Annual Historical Report - 1989, 880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron, 20 February 1990, file 1326-1 (CO 880)/Rapport historique annuel - 1989, 880e Escadron de reconnaissance maritime, 20 février 1990, dossier 1326-1 (CO 880), AHR/RHA 1326-1313, vol 2; Historical Report, 1 January - 31 December 1990, Annex C to MAG 1325-1 (D Comd MAG), 6 March 1991/Rapport historique, 1er janvier - 31 décembre 1990, annexe C à MAG 1325-1 (D Comd MAG), 6 Mars 1991, AHR/RHA 1326-0086, vol 1; Peter Charlton and Michael Whitby, "Certified Serviceable". Swordfish to Sea King (Ottawa, 1997), pp.396-397.  Note: According to the DEPR index for MOOs from 1993, MOO 93310 authorized the disbandment of 880 Squadron ( MOO 93309, is dated 8 June 1993; MOO 93311 is dated 23 July 1993)/Selon l'index du DBE à partir de 1993, le DMO 93310 a autorisé la dissolution du 880e Escadron (DMO 93309, daté du 8 juin 1993; DMO 93311 daté du 23 juillet 1993)

9. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.38; NHS/SHM, "Brief History of 826 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Navy", 21 January 1955, file/dossier 1700-219/826, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

10. NHS/SHM, "Brief History of 826 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Navy", 21 January 1955, file/dossier 1700-219/826, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

11. NHS/SHM, "Brief History of 826 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Navy", 21 January 1955, file/dossier 1700-219/826, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

12. NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/167, box/boîte 564, file/dossier 170-219; NSS 1700-219, 26 January 1955; J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.55; NHS/SHM, "Brief History of 826 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Navy", 21 January 1955, file 1700-219/826, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

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