HMCS Montréal

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HMCS Montréal K319.

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

HMCS Montréal (1st of the name)(K319)

Commissioned on 12 November 1943 at Montréal, Québec, the River Class frigate Montréal arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 29 November, worked up locally and on 25 February left St. John’s, Newfoundland, for Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She was employed continuously on convoy duty until late September 1944. On 17 December 1944, she rescued survivors of the submarine U-1209 wrecked southwest of Land’s End, England. Montréal remained in United Kingdom waters and left Londonderry for the last time on 12 March 1945. Arriving at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, on 31 March, she completed a refit there at the end of August, then performed odd jobs out of Halifax until paid off 15 October to reserve in Bedford Basin. Sold in 1947, she was broken up at Sydney.

A ship on the water.

HMCS Montréal 336.

HMCS Montréal (2nd of the name)(336)

The Halifax Class frigate Montréal was commissioned at Montréal on 21 July 1994, and designated a French Language Unit. On 4 January 1995, she sailed from Halifax to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Standing Naval Force Atlantic in the Adriatic Sea, blockading the former Yugoslavia. On 10 August 1998, she departed Halifax to join the NATO fleet off Florida and paid an historic visit to St.Petersburg, Russia, to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Navy. In 2000, she represented Canada in the Millennium International Fleet Review in New York City, and then escorted the Tall Ships to Halifax. In 2002, she underwent a refit and afterwards deployed on Operation APOLLO, the Canadian effort to support the international campaign against terrorism. In 2003, in an initiative with the Dutch Navy, she tested the Sirius sensor, a new technology capable of detecting and tracking small surface targets, low flying aircraft and anti-ship missiles. In 2004, she participated in Fisheries and Oceans operations, an international and a national exercise that saw her cross the Arctic Circle. In 2005, the ship conducted a six-month deployment to Europe in which she deployed to the Netherlands on exercise, then joined Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR patrolling the Mediterranean to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity by monitoring shipping and providing escort to non-military vessels through the Straits of Gibraltar. In 2006, she participated in Operation CARIBBEAN LION as well as an exercise in northern Canada carried out in order to ensure sovereignty in the Baffin region. She continues to support Canada’s domestic and international objectives and is stationed in Halifax.

Badge of HMCS Montréal.

Badge of HMCS Montréal.

Motto: Ton bras sait porter l’épée (We stand on guard for Thee)

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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