HMCS Goose Bay

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Goose Bay 707.

There has been only one vessel named Goose Bay in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Goose Bay (707)

In May 1992, a contract was let to Halifax Shipyards Ltd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, to build 12 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 as well as search and rescue duties. The ships were fitted with modular payloads to carry out the assigned duties.

Launched on 4 September 1997, Goose Bay was commissioned at Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador on 26 July 1998.

In early June 1999, she took part in a pollution exercise off Eastport, Maine with Canadian and American Coast Guard units. In the fall of 2000, she was one of the Canadian units which participated in the Exercise UNIFIED SPIRIT off the eastern seaboard. Goose Bay, in company with her sister-ship Moncton departed Halifax on 1 April 2001 to participate in North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) mine warfare Exercise BLUE GAME off the coasts of Norway and Denmark between 23 April and 9 May. They were the first two MCDV’s to transit the North Atlantic.

Since then, she has taken part in many different taskings: fishery patrols, northern deployments in support of the Canadian Rangers, mine clearance exercises in American waters, security patrols for the visit to Halifax of the President of the United States of America in 2004 as well as search and rescue missions. In 2005, she participated in the overseas celebration of the 60th anniversary of D-Day in France, representing Canada alongside her sister-ship HMCS Shawinigan. Goose Bay visited her namesake city of Goose Bay in August 2008.

Badge of HMCS Goose Bay.

Badge of HMCS Goose Bay.

Goose Bay continues to support Canada’s defence objectives both domestically and internationally.

  • Commissioned: 26 July 1998
  • Displacement: 970 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 55.3 m x 11.3 m x 3.4 m
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Crew: 37
  • Armament: one 40-mm gun and two 12.7-mm machine guns (2 x I)
  • Motto: “Fidelis” (Faithful)
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