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HMCS Ville de Québec (FFH 332)
HMCS Ville de Quebec in September 2009
HMCS Ville de Québec in September 2009.jpg
Career (Canada) Naval Ensign of Canada.svg
Namesake: Quebec City, Quebec
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Builder: MIL Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon
Laid down: 16 December 1988
Launched: 16 May 1991
Commissioned: 11 July 1994[1]
Homeport: CFB Halifax
Motto: Don de Dieu feray valoir (I will be worthy[2])
Nickname: "VDQ"
Honours and
awards:
Atlantic 1942-1944, Gulf of St. Lawrence 1942, Mediterranean 1943, English Channel 1944-1945[3]
Fate: Active in service
General characteristics
Class & type: Halifax-class frigate
Displacement: 3,995 tonnes (light)
4,795 tonnes (operational)
5,032 tonnes (deep load)
Length: 134.2 m
Beam: 16.5 m
Draught: 7.1 m
Propulsion: 2 × LM2500 Gas turbines
1 × SEMT Pielstick Diesel engine
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 9,500 nautical miles (17,595 km)
Complement: 225 (including air detachment)
Armament: 24 × Honeywell Mk 46 torpedoes
16 × Evolved Sea-Sparrow SAM
8 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
1 × 57 mm Bofors Mk2 gun
1 × 20 mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
6 × .50 Caliber machine guns
Aircraft carried: 1 × CH-124 Sea King

HMCS Ville de Québec (FFH 332) (commonly referred to as VDQ) is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1993.

Ville de Québec is the third vessel in her class which is the name for the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project. She is the second Royal Canadian Navy ship to be named Ville de Québec and is Canada's only fully bilingual warship.

Ville de Québec was laid down on 16 December 1988 at MIL Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon and launched on 16 May 1991. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 29 March 1993 and carries the hull classification symbol 332.

She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax. Her Commanding officer is Commander (Capitaine de Fregate) Yves Germain.

ServiceEdit

Ville de Québec serves on MARLANT missions protecting Canada's sovereignty in the Atlantic Ocean and enforcing Canadian laws in its territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone.

Ville de Québec has also been deployed on missions throughout the Atlantic and to the Indian Ocean; specifically the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea on anti-terrorism operations and in 2008, supported World Food Program efforts in Somalia.

Ville de Québec has also participated in several NATO missions, patrolling the Atlantic Ocean as part of Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) and its successor Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1).

On 2 September 2005 Ville de Québec was deployed with a joint MARCOM/CCG task force to the Gulf of Mexico to assist the United States with disaster relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.[4]

On 6 August 2008, Canadian Defence Minister, Peter McKay, announced that the Ville de Québec would help in the protection of NATO relief for Somalia from pirates.

During the summer of 2012, she conducted an extensive tour of the Great Lakes, visiting 14 Great Lakes cities on both the Canadian and United States shores.[5]

Lineage - Ville de QuébecEdit

First of NameEdit

HMCS Ville de Quebec (K242)

  • Corvette, Revised Flower Class
  • Commissioned 24 May 1942
  • Paid off 6 July 1945[6]

Second of NameEdit

This is the current ship with the name Ville de Québec

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Offical Lineages, Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-2/par1/villedeq-eng.asp
  2. From National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Histories, Offical Lineages, Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships. Found at: http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-2/par1/villedeq-eng.asp
  3. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Offical Lineages, Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-2/par1/villedeq-eng.asp
  4. CTV.ca News Staff (14 September 2005). "Canadian sailors go ashore to help in Biloxi". CTV News. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20050913_Katrina_canadian_taskforce050911/?hub=TopStories. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  5. http://uspolitics.einnews.com/pr_news/106629301/royal-canadian-navy-ships-depart-for-great-lakes-deployment.
  6. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Offical Lineages, *Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-2/par1/villedeq-eng.asp

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