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Halifax Class FFH LOA 440′ / 134.1 m TDISP 4,700 tons (12 active)

Photo likely depicts HMCS Ville de Québec FFH-332. Image courtesy of Sean de l’Éveille

HMCS Halifax FFH-330 (1992)

Life at Sea
HMCS Halifax FFG-330, Flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, patrols the Mediterranean Sea Operation Reassurance, Aug. 2019. DND RP24-2019-0034-007 Cpl. Braden Trudeau

HMCS Halifax FFH-330 Halifax 2015HMCS Halifax FFH-330 Halifax 2016.jpgHMCS Vancouver FFH-331 (1993)HMCS Vancouver FFH-331 Esquimalt 2015.jpgHMCS Ville de Québec FFH-332 (1994) satellite image not yet located.

HMCS Ville de Québec FFH-332. Image courtesy of Sean de l’Éveille

HMCS Toronto FFH-333 (1993)HMCS Toronto FFH-333 Halifax 2015

HMCS Toronto FFH-333 Halifax 2016
HMCS Toronto undergoing her FELEX (Frigate Life Extension) refit at Irving Shipyards, Halifax. Toronto was the last to complete FELEX, and was handed back to the RCN the next month.

HMCS Regina FFH-334 (1993)HMCS Regina FFH-334 Esquimalt 2018.jpgHMCS Calgary FFH-335 (1995)

HMCS Calgary FFH-335 approaches Jeju harbor off the coast of Jeju, Republic of Korea during Operation Projection on October 12, 2018. Photo: LS Zachariah Stopa, Canadian Forces Combat Camera IS07-2018-0052-004 Photo: LS Zachariah Stopa, Canadian Forces Combat Camera IS07-2018-0052-004

HMCS Calgary FFH-335 Esquimalt 2016HMCS Montreal FFH-336 (1994)HMCS Montreal FFH-336 Halifax 2016.jpgHMCS Fredericton FFH-337 (1994)HMCS Fredericton FFH-337 Halifax 2016.jpgHMCS Winnipeg FFH-338 (1996)

HMCS Winnipeg, before the Frigate Equipment Life Extension (FELEX) upgrades, 2001 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-03-11157 PH1 Anthony C. Casullo, USN

HMCS Winnipeg FFH-338 Esquimalt 2016.jpgHMCS Charlottetown FFH-339 (1995)HMCS Charlottetown FFH-339 Halifax 2015HMCS St. John’s FFH-340 (1996)

HMCS St. John’s FFH-340. Image courtesy of Sean de l’Éveille

HMCS ST John's FFH-340 Halifax 2016.jpgHMCS Ottawa FFH-341 (1996)

HMCS REGINA Rough Sea State Febuary 10 2019.
HMCS Ottawa FFH-341, Operation PROJECTION in the Pacific Ocean, February 2019. Credit: Department of National Defence XA01-2019-0035-008 (Corporal Stuart Evans)
Commemorative hat from early in Ottawa’s career, with an excellent profile of the ship. Warsearcher Collection.

HMCS Ottawa Pedder Bay 2016

River Class LOA 301′ / 91.7 m TDISP 2,100 tons (151, 3 preserved ca. 69 in RCN service, 1 ex-RCN extensively converted) see Royal Navy frigates listing for other surviving units. Many Canadian units upgraded to Prestonian class Ocean Escort status.

HMCS Waskesiu K-330 1944 Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada CT-257

Ex-HMCS Stormont K-327 (1943 – 1947) modified to Luxury Yacht Christina in 1951 for Aristotle Onasis, renamed Argo (1978-1998) current name Christina O. Modified LOA 325′ (lengthened approx. 24′) TDISP 2,250 tons

Luxury Yacht Christina O (ex-HMCS Stormont) at Kiel, 1957, showing the original conversion. Friedrich Magnussen, Stadtarchiv Kiel 78.221 [CC BY-SA 3.0 DE]

Yacht_CHRISTINA_O Stef Bravin
Christina O, June 2017. Credit: Stef Bravin [CC BY-SA]

Christina O (ex-HMCS Stormont) La Ciotat France 2011
The identification of this is based on the major refit at La Ciotat the yacht had ca. 2011, the general dimensions, and the many distinctive features about this beautiful conversion, including the elongated yellow funnel, the layout of launches/boats, the derrick in the bows for launching Rigid Inflatable Boats, the bridge shape, the distinctive “V” antenna/aerial mast on the quarterdeck, the circular hot tub just aft of that, the graceful counter shape (most yachts have squared off transoms) and the rectangular pool layout!
River class frigate HMCS Thetford Mines K-459 during wartime. Note projectile (likely a hedgehog depth bomb) fired at top right, and detonated pattern ahead. Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada CT-261

River class frigate wrecks located at Kelsey Bay, BC (breakwaters) these ships could be HMCS Cape Breton (K-350) HMCS  Longueuil (K-672), HMCS Lasalle (K-519), HMCS Runnymede (K-678). A comparison of the length and major deck features with the HMAS Diamantina museum ship helps show the origin of these hulks. The more intact ship whose stern is hauled up is usually identified as the former Lasalle. These decommissioned ships were grounded as breakwaters in the late 1940s.

River class frigate breakwater Kelsey Bay 2009River class frigate breakwater Kelsey Bay 2007

Prestonian Class (1953-1967) 21 River Class upgraded. LOA 301′ / 91.7 m TDISP 2,360 tons (21 converted, service 1953-1967, 3 transferred to Norway)

Prestonian Class escort National Air Photo Library NRCAN VRR2634 photo 1005 Crown Copyright

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