Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels

The Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs) are multi-role minor war vessels with a primary mission of coastal surveillance and patrol including general naval operations and exercises, search and rescue, law enforcement, resource protection and fisheries patrols.

Launched between 1995 and 1998, these ships are very flexible. Several types of mission specific payloads can be added to allow for rapid role change from one mission type to another such as a mechanical minesweeping system, a route survey system, and a bottom object inspection vehicle.

The 12 Kingston-class MCDVs are crewed primarily by Naval Reservists and are divided equally between both coasts.


Displacement: 970 tonnes (full load)

Length: 55.3 metres

Beam: 11.3 metres

Draught: 3.4 metres

Engine: Diesel-electric: Two Jeumont DC electric motors each drive a Lips azimuthing thruster with a five bladed propeller, powered by four 600V AC alternators driven by Wartsila SCAM V12 Diesels.


The Kingston-class ship’s homeports are Esquimalt, British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The current Kingston-class ships are:

  • HMCS Kingston          (700)
  • HMCS Glace Bay        (701)
  • HMCS Nanaimo          (702)
  • HMCS Edmonton        (703)
  • HMCS Shawinigan      (704)
  • HMCS Whitehorse      (705)
  • HMCS Yellowknife      (706)
  • HMCS Goose Bay       (707)
  • HMCS Moncton         (708)
  • HMCS Saskatoon       (709)
  • HMCS Brandon          (710)
  • HMCS Summerside     (711)