HMCS Burlington

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HMCS Calgary K231

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

HMCS Calgary (1st of the name) (K231)

Commissioned on 16 December 1941, the Flower Class corvette Calgary arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 28 December. She served with Western Local Escort Force until November 1942 when she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation TORCH, the invasion of North Africa. She proved to have mechanical defects that precluded her intended use and instead, she had to undergo three months’ repairs at Cardiff, Wales. In June 1943, she was transferred to Western Support Force and for the next few months was employed in support of Atlantic convoys. She shared with the British frigate HMS Nene and the Canadian corvette Snowberry in sinking U-536 north of the Azores on 20 November 1943. After another refit in Canada, she joined Western Approaches Command and then was assigned to Nore Command on the River Thames in England and stayed there for the duration of the war. Returning home late in May 1945, she was paid off at Sorel, Québec, on 19 June and eventually broken up in Spain.

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HMCS Calgary 335

HMCS Calgary (2nd of the name) (335)

The Halifax Class frigate Calgary arrived on 28 June 1994 at Halifax, where she was provisionally accepted on 30 August. She was commissioned on 12 May 1995 in  Esquimalt, British Columbia. On 10 July 1995, she sailed for the Arabian Gulf to assist in enforcing sanctions against Iraq. Homebound that December, she went to the aid of the sinking Greek bulk-carrier Mount Olympus, 1,500 km south of Halifax. Her helicopter rescued all 30 of the crew. She returned to Esquimalt on 22 December, the first Canadian Patrol Frigate to circumnavigate the globe. On 20 June 2000, Calgary again departed Esquimalt for a five-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq, returning home on 30 November. In 2003, she departed Esquimalt to participate in Operation APOLLO, a Canadian Forces operation in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM - allied  military operations in Afghanistan against terrorism. Since then, she continues to conduct operations in support of Canada’s domestic and international policies.

Badge of HMCS Calgary

Badge of HMCS Calgary

Motto: “Onward”

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1942-1945
  • Biscay 1943
  • Normandy 1944
  • English Channel 1944-1945
  • North Sea 1945
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