Halifax Class Frigate







HMCS Halifax 330 in the North Atlantic - 2009

Courtesy of  / Copyright: Photographer Michel Chauvin, Montreal © 2009

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-45,   Arabian Sea



Laid down: 19 Mar 1987

Floated-up: 30 Apr 1988

Provisionally Accepted: 28 Jun 1991

Commissioned: 29 Jun 1992

Paid off for refit: 04 Sep 2010

Re-commissioned: 2011

Paid off: 


First of her class to enter service, and the first warship built in Canada since 1971, HALIFAX was floated up on 30 Apr 1988 and commissioned on 29 Jun 1992. On 02 Apr 1994, she sailed to relieve Iroquois in the multinational arms embargo of the former Yugoslavia. While en route, one of the diesel cruise engines blew and the ship had to proceed on its gas turbine engines. She arrived in the Op Area for Operation Sharp Guard, Yugoslavia on 15 Apr 1994; returning home on 09 Sep 1994. 


In the spring of 1995 she made visits to several European ports, including Goteborg, Oslo and Gydnia, in connection with the 50th Anniversary of VE Day. Afterward taking part in the NATO exercise Linked Seas 95 off Portugal, she returned to base at the end of June. 


On 18 Mar 1996, she departed for another tour of duty in the Adriatic, part of the time as flagship.


In 1997, during a 4½ month deployment, HMCS HALIFAX Rounded the Horn and the Cape of Good Hope - becoming the 3rd ship of the RCN to Round the Horn.


In Mar 1998 HALIFAX and IROQUOIS took part in Exercise Strong Resolve off Norway, returning to Halifax on 16 Apr 1998. That fall she had the melancholy duty of assisting at the scene of the crash of a Swissair jet in the sea near Peggy's Cove. 


Another tour with NATO's SNFL occupied her time between 26 Jul and 15 Dec 2000. 


On 15 Aug 2001, she left Halifax to join SNFL, but was detached to join in Operation Enduring Freedom against international terrorism. She joined CHARLOTTETOWN, IROQUOIS and PRESERVER in the Arabian Sea in Dec 2001. She returned home from this endeavour on 11 Feb 2002.


On 13 Jan 2010, HALIFAX and ATHABASKAN sailed for Haiti as part of the relief effort, Operation Hestia, after the deadly earthquake. 


On 19 Mar 2022, HALIFAX departed Halifax to join MONTREAL on Op REASSURANCE for additional military support to NATO operations in Central and Eastern Europe in the face of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          Commissioning Booklet          Gunshield and Shipboard Art



Commanding Officers


Cdr R.I. Clayton - 01 May 1989 - CO Designate

Cdr R.I. Clayton - 29 Jun 1992 - 21 Dec 1992

Cdr G.B. Burke - 22 Nov 1992 - 28 Oct 1994

Cdr L.D. Sweeney - 28 Oct 1994 - 03 Jul 1996

Cdr J.E.H.A. Langlois - 03 Jul 1996 - 30 Jun 1998

Cdr G.M. Akins - 30 Jun 1998 - 15 Jun 1999

Cdr J.Y. Bastien - 15 Jun 2000 - 11 May 2001

Cdr P. Ellis - 11 May 2001 - unk

Cdr Colin W. Plows - Jun 2003 - Jul 2005

Cdr Scott Bishop - Jul 2005 - Jul 2007

Cdr Art MacDonald - Jul 2007 - 05 Apr 2009

Cdr Josée Kurtz - 05 Apr 2009 - unk


Cdr Scott Nelson c2018 - 19 Jan 2020

Cdr Chris Rochon - 19 Jan 2020 - present



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


POWER, Robert F.

CPO2, C.A.F. (Navy)

died - 23 May 1992



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Robertson, Roderick Albert Alan



Photos and Documents


HMCS Halifax 330

Guests at the commissioning ceremony of HMCS Halifax 330, 29 Jun 1992

Courtesy of John Knudsen

Buffer (centre) on HMCS Halifax 330

Courtesy of John Le Forte

RAS team rigging for RAS on HMCS Halifax 330

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Fo'c's'le part-ship hands conducting a light-line transfer during a RAS on HMCS Halifax 330

Courtesy of John Le Forte

HMCS Halifax fo'c's'le RAS team conducting a heavy jackstay with the Kingpost

Courtesy of John Le Forte

HMCS Halifax 330


Slt John Belliveau on HMCS Halifax 330

Courtesy of Gerry Curry

HMCS Halifax 330 in the North Atlantic, 2007

Courtesy of Gerald Doutre, CPO1, RCN



Committal of ashes to the sea from HMCS HALIFAX 330


Battle of the Atlantic Sunday - 03 May 2015




RCN - White Ensign - Pre 1965


-  PO2 Bradley Gayer Boyd, RCN

- Sig Robert Christie, RCN and spouse, Mrs. Dorothy Irene Christie

- Cdr Bruce Cormack, RCN

- Stoker Charles Irving, RCN

- LCdr Daniel Turnbull Dunlop, RCN

- Capt (N) Geoffrey Edward James Embley, RCN

- Cdr Ralph Ervin Fisher, RCN

- CPO1 Leonard George Flanagan, RCN

- LCol Alexander William Gillespie, RCN, Naval Air

- AB William Thamas Harrison, RCN

- PO2 Allan Leslie, RCN

- LCdr Cortlandt John Gordon Mackenzie, RCN and Lt (N) Jean Antoinette (Barker) Mackenzie, RCN

- CPO John Kingsley Marsh, RCN

- CPO1 William Paul Murphy, RCN

- CPO2 Cecil Richard Muzzerall, RCN

- PO1 Roy William Nevin, RCN

- CPO1 Lionell Eugene Ouelette, RCN

- AB Arthur Herbert Priest, RCN

- AB Robert Thomas Scott, RCN

- Naval Cadet Hugh Brennan Scott Symons, RCN

- CPO1 Howard Douglas Tomkins, RCN

- CPO Bruce Archie Turner, RCN

- LCdr William Leslie Watson, RCN and spouse Mrs. Vera Margaret Watson

- Sgt Lawrence Robert Young, RCN


Canadian Flag - post 1965


- WO Wayne Richard Steeves (Army Medic)

- PO2 Raymond Phillip Welch, RCN



Courtesy of Alan Muzzerall



Committal of ashes to the sea from HMCS HALIFAX 330


Battle of the Atlantic Sunday - 06 May 2018




On Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, 06 May 2018, a committal of ashes to the sea was conducted on board HMCS Halifax 330 just off the approaches to Halifax Harbour. Chaplain Andrew Cooke (LCdr, ret'd) and Lt (N) Robert Parker, Interim Senior Fleet Chaplain officiating. Below is a list of those who were committed to the sea.


RCN - White Ensign - pre 1965


- LS Ernest Laurent Benson

- PO2 Norman John Chalmers

- LCdr Edward Francis Connolly

- CPO2 Gilles Joseph Doutre

- AB Edward Gorman (Fleet Air Arm)

- L/Sig George Angus Harber

- LS Walter Freeman Harnish

- Lt Jack Lamburne Locke

- Wren Anita Irene MacNeil (née Baribeau) and PO1 Stephen Francis MacNeil

- Stoker PO Douglas Maig McDonald and Mrs. Lillian May McDonald

- Lt John Ernest McLauglin (Fleet Air Arm)

- AB Ivan Morrison

- LS Boris James Syko

- LCdr Sidney Robert Wallace

- LS Alan Schofield Wilkinson

Royal Navy - Union Jack


- PO2 Ian Frederick Grubb

- Cook Peter Skinnider Guthrie and Mrs. Thomasina Patricia Guthrie

- Wren CPO Constance Joyce "Jo" Heath (née Palmer)


Canadian Navy - Canadian Flag - since 1965


- Private William Vernon Cooper

- PO2 William Ross Harvey

- CPO2 William Cecil Hillier

- PO1 Bruce Albert Morash

- PO1 Edward Hannaford Randall

- PO1 Neil Thomas Gordon Rouleau


Courtesy of Bill Gard



Members of the Royal Canadian Navy onboard HMCS HALIFAX, flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, prepare to depart Rota, Spain during Operation REASSURANCE in the Atlantic Ocean on July 30, 2019.


(Source: Canadian Armed Forces Facebook page)

Members of the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) aboard HMCS HALIFAX conduct live fire training with the Sig Sauer P226 pistol during Operation REASSURANCE, in the Atlantic Ocean on July 16, 2019.


(Source: Canadian Armed Forces Facebook page)

Sporting new gunshield art, HMCS HALIFAX 330 is deployed on Op Reassurance, having departed Halifax on New Years day 2021


DND/RCN photo

Crown Copyright 2021

A fireworks show displays as HMCS HALIFAX is alongside Hamburg, Germany during Operation REASSURANCE on May 13, 2022.


Photo : Pte Connor Bennett

DND / RCN photo

Crown Copyright 2022




HMCS HALIFAX with ships of SNMG1 during their scenic transit into Eyjafjördur, Iceland on June 7th, 2022, while on Op REASSURANCE

DND/RCN photos