HMCS Brandon

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HMCS Brandon K149

There have been two vessels named Brandon in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Brandon (1st of the name) (K149)

Commissioned at Québec City, Québec, on 22 July 1941, the Flower Class corvette Brandon arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 1 August. In September she joined Newfoundland Command in St. John’s and served as an ocean escort to and from Iceland until December, when she arrived in the United Kingdom for three months’ repairs at South Shields, England. From mid-March 1942 she served on the Newfoundland-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and run almost continuously until September 1944. From December 1942 onward, she served with Escort Group C-4, helping defend the hard-pressed convoy HX.224 in February 1943 and in the following month escorting convoys to and from Gibraltar. In August 1943, she began a three-month refit at Grimsby, England, including forecastle extension. She left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 2 September 1944 to join her last transatlantic convoy, ONS.251, and after two-months’ refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, worked up in Bermuda. On 5 February 1945, she arrived at St. John’s to join Escort Group W-5, Western Escort Force, in which she served until the end of the war. Paid off at Sorel, Québec, on 22 June 1945, she was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1945.

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HMCS Brandon 710

HMCS Brandon (2nd of the name) (710)

In May 1992, a contract was let to Halifax Shipyards Ltd, Halifax to build twelve Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) of the Kingston Class. They were designed to commercial standards and intended to conduct coastal patrols, minesweeping, law enforcement, pollution surveillance and response and search and rescue duties. The ships were fitted with modular payloads to carry out the assigned duties.

Brandon left Halifax on 17 March 1999 and headed to Esquimalt, British Columbia, and was commissioned there on 5 June 1999. Crewed almost entirely by naval reservists, she has participated in a variety of national and international operations and exercises, including fisheries and sovereignty patrols. She has supported junior naval officer training and assisted both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Customs Canada in carrying out their duties. She maintains a close relationship with her namesake city and her crew participates in many municipal activities.

Badge of HMCS Brandon.

Badge of HMCS Brandon.

Motto: “Vires Acquires Eundo” (She Acquires Strength Through Progress)

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence 1944
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