HMCS Glace Bay

A ship on the water.

HMCS Glace Bay K414.

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

HMCS Glace Bay (1st of the name) (K414)

Commissioned on 2 September 1944 at Lévis, Québec, the River Class frigate Glace Bay arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 23 September. She carried out workups in Bermuda in mid-October and on her return was assigned to Escort Group C-4, Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She left St. John’s, Newfoundland 17 November for Londonderry escorting a number of United States-built sub chasers destined for the Russian Navy. Glace Bay was employed continuously on convoy duty until VE Day, and early in June 1945 left Londonderry for the last time to spend several months at a variety of tasks off the east coast of Canada.

In October, she made a round trip to Bermuda, and on her return was paid off on 17 November at Sydney, Nova Scotia. She lay in reserve at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, until sold in 1946 to the Chilean Navy and renamed Esmeralda and then, in 1952, Bacquedano. She was broken up in 1968.

A ship on the water.

HMCS Glace Bay 701.

HMCS Glace Bay (2nd of the name) (701)

In May 1992, a contract was let to Halifax Shipyards Ltd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, to build 12 Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV). They were designed to commercial standards and intended to conduct coastal patrols, minesweeping, law enforcement, pollution surveillance and response as well as search and rescue duties. The ships were fitted with modular payloads to carry out the assigned duties.

Contractor trials were conducted in May 1996 and the Kingston class MCDV Glace Bay was commissioned in Sydney on 26 October 1996. Leaving Halifax on 10 September, she made her first Great Lakes trip and returned to Halifax in early October. In September 1998, she was one of the ships that participated in Operation PERSISTENCE after the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. On 8 March 1999, in company with Kingstonand Anticosti, she departed Halifax and proceeded to the Baltic Sea to participate in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) minesweeping exercises. Since then, she has carried out a variety of taskings such as the training of Maritime Surface Officers, route surveys, and sovereignty patrols with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In 2004, Glace Bay was part of a team searching in Lake Ontario for some of the last remnants of the legendary CF-105 Avro Arrow.  Glace Bay continues to support Canada’s defence objectives both domestically and internationally.

Badge of HMCS Glace Bay.

Badge of HMCS Glace Bay.

Motto: Ex Fundo Maris (From the Depths of the Sea)

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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