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Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
Active 1903 - 1968; 2013 - Present
Country Canada
Type Corps
Role (Canadian Army) Permanent Active Militia
Motto(s) Velox Versutus Vigilans (Latin, "Swift, Skilled, Alert")

The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS, RC Sigs) is a corps of the Canadian Army.[1]

Major Wallace Bruce Matthews Carruthers established the corps in 1903,[2] making it the first independent Signal Corps in the British Empire (before it would have been covered by the Telegraph Battalion of the Royal Corps of Signals). As a matter of honour, King George V, the Canadian monarch bestowed on the permanent force portion of the organization the right to use the prefix royal before its name. Thus the CSC became the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals while the militia component was redesignated the Canadian Corps of Signals on 1 Aug 1921.

The crest of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals consists of a circle, with a Kings Crown on top with the text Royal Canadian Corps of Signals around the edge. At the center of the circle is the Roman God mythology. At the bottom is a ribbon with the text "Velox, Versutus, Vigilans" and eight maple leaves. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was responsible for land communication and signalling.

The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was redesignated the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals on 29 Apr 1936. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was redesignated the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals on 22 Mar 1948. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals reverted to Royal Canadian Corps of Signals on 18 Apr 1955.[3] When the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy were unified in 1968 to form the Canadian Forces, the RCCS was reformed into the Canadian Forces' Communications and Electronics Branch.

On 19 Apr 2013, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay announced that the historical designation of the corps would be restored.[4]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army (Queen's Printer, 1964)
  2. http://www.cmhg.gc.ca/cmh/page-587-eng.asp Canadian Military Life After South Africa
  3. Moir, J. S. History of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, 1903-1961 Corps Committee of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, Ottawa, 1962.
  4. [1] Restoration of historical designations of Canadian Army organizations.

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