HMCS Qu’APPELLE, a Canadian Navy training destroyer that belonged
to the 4th Training Squadron based at Esquimalt, BC, is depicted as
she passes the Duntze Head saluting stand at the entrance to the naval
harbour on her way to sea. The training squadron ships sailed from Esquimalt
for many years as they trained a generation of Canada’s naval
officers and sailors in seamanship and navigation. For those who served
in Canada’s navy in those years these ships were the first experience
with the sea and life upon it.
Watercolour (1988). Painted at sea while serving in HMCS Qu’APPELLE.
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In the mid-1950's the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) entered a new era
with the commissioning of the first Canadian purpose designed and
built anti-submarine Destroyer Escorts (DDEs). These ships reflected
the RCN's accumulated knowledge and expertise in anti-submarine warfare
(ASW) and incorporated the most up-to-date ASW weapons and sensors.
This in a ship design that for its time represented the state of the
art in naval architecture, habitability and propulsion technology.
Hence, as the ships of this St.Laurent and follow on classes came
into service they were known as the "Cadillacs". They served
in the Canadian fleet from the mid-fifties to well into the 1990s
- the longest serving class of warships in our Navy's history. In
those years they underwent significant modifications that included
the installation of flight decks and hangars for the large CH-124
Seaking helicopters, the Canadian designed "Beartrap" helicopter
haul down system and many other adaptations in weapons and sensors.