HMCS Vancouver

HMCS Vancouver D05 / F6A / H55.

HMCS Vancouver D05 / F6A / H55.

There have been three vessels named Vancouver in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Vancouver (1st of name) (D05 / F6A / H55) / S-class destroyer

Initially named HMS Toreador, this ship was originally commissioned in the Royal Navy in 1919. She was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy that was awaiting the completion of new ships ordered to replenish its aging fleet. Her transfer took place at Portsmouth, England, on 1 March 1928 and the ship was re-named Vancouver in honour of the explorer.            

In May 1928, Vancouver arrived at Esquimalt, British Columbia, and was utilized to provide reserve training on the west coast. She was paid off on 25 November 1936 and sold for scrap the following year.

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Vancouver K240.

HMCS Vancouver (2nd of name) (K240) / Flower-class corvette

Commissioned at Esquimalt on 20 March 1942 and named in honour of the city, Vancouver joined Esquimalt Force and, on 20 June, escorted the torpedo-damaged freighter SS Fort Camosun to Victoria, British Columbia. Later that summer, she left for Kodiak, Alaska, to perform escort service in support of the Aleutian Campaign. For the rest of the hostilities, she was used as an escort with the Western Local Escort Force in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as serving with the Québec Force on convoy missions between Québec City, Québec and Goose Bay, Labrador. She was paid off 26 June 1945 at Sorel, Québec, and broken up at Hamilton, Ontario a year later.

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Vancouver D331.

HMCS Vancouver (3rd of name) (331) / Halifax-class frigate

Vancouver was commissioned at Vancouver, British Columbia, on 23 August 1993; she is stationed in Esquimalt. In May-July 1994, she took part in Exercise RIMPAC 94 off Hawaii before making courtesy visits to ports in Japan and South Korea. In 1995, she left Esquimalt for visits to several ports in Southeast Asia, making calls in Australia and New Zealand. In 1997 and 1998, she again visited several Southeast Asian ports, making calls in Japan, China, Russia and South Korea. On 29 October 2001, Vancouver sailed from Esquimalt to become a part of the American USS John C. Stennis’ Carrier Battle Group, as part of the American-led coalition against terrorist forces in Afghanistan. The following years saw her participate in various training exercises, sovereignty patrols as well as search and rescue missions. Vancouver continues to conduct operations in support of Canada’s domestic and international policies.

Badge of HMCS Vancouver.

Badge of HMCS Vancouver.

Motto:Semper Vigilans” (Ever On Guard)  

Battle honours

  • Aleutians 1942-1943
  • Atlantic 1944-1945
  • Arabian Sea
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