HMCS Kingston (MM 700)

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Not to be confused with HMS Kingston.
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HMCS Kingston (MM 700)
Career (Canada)
Name: Kingston
Namesake: Kingston, Ontario
Builder: Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax
Laid down: 12 December 1994
Launched: 12 August 1995
Commissioned: 21 September 1996
Homeport: CFB Halifax
Identification: pennant number: MM 700
Motto: PRO REGE ET GREGE (For sovereign and people)[1]
Notes: Colours:Gold and Red
General characteristics
Class & type: Kingston-class coastal defence vessel
Displacement: 970 t
Length: 55.3 m (181.43 ft)
Beam: 11.3 m (37.07 ft)
Draught: 3.4 m (11.15 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × Jeumont DC electric motors
4 × 600VAC Wärtsilä SACM V12 diesel alternators
Speed: 15 kn (27.78 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,260.00 km)
Capacity: 47
Complement: 31 to 47
Sensors and
processing systems:
Kelvin Hughes navigation radar (I-band)
Kelvin Hughes 6000 surface search radar (E-F band)
Global Positioning System
A towed high-frequency sidescan sonar
Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS)
Armament: 1 × Bofors 40 mm 60 Mk 5C cannon
2 × M2 Machine Guns

HMCS Kingston is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1996.

Kingston is the lead ship of her class which is the name for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project. She is the first vessel to use the designation HMCS Kingston.

Kingston was laid down on 12 December 1994 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax and was launched on 12 August 1995. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 21 September 1996 and carries the hull classification number 700.

She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax.

Design and Construction[edit]

The Kingston-class coastal defence vessel was conceived to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment and construction techniques in a ship designed to military specifications. The construction of the design required the building of partially outfitted steel block units, which were assembled into larger blocks and those blocks were integrated into the ship. The decks were assembled upside down with pre-outfitting of the underside of the deck prior to installation on the ship. The ship is outfitted with a degaussing system from Power Magnetics and Electronic Systems.[2]

Kingston class vessels are designed to carry up to three 6.1-metre (20 ft) ISO containers with power hookups on the open deck aft in order to embark mission-specific payloads.[3]

Kingston was laid down on 12 December 1994 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax and was launched on 12 August 1995. She was officially commissioned into the CF on 21 September 1996.

Armament and Sensors[edit]

Kingston-class vessels are outfitted with a Bofors 40 mm 60 mk5C rapid fire gun, and two 12.7mm machine guns. The ships are equipped with one of three modular mine countermeasures systems: the deep sea Thales MMS mechanical mine sweeping system, the route survey system or the Sutec remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mine inspection system.[2]

The navigation equipment installed in Kingston-class vessels are a Kelvin Hughes I-band navigation radar and a global positioning system. The surface search radar is the E to F-band Kelvin Hughes 6000.[2]


The ship is equipped with four main Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines which are coupled to four alternators (600 V AC). Two Jeumont electric motors (±740 V DC) provide power to the two LIPS Z-drive azimuth thrusters which are fitted with fixed-pitch reversing propellers. The propulsion system provides 15 knots (28 km/h) maximum continuous speed. The range at the economical cruising speed of 9 knots (17 km/h) using two engines is 5,000 nautical miles (9,000 km) with a 20% margin in tank capacity. Mechanical minesweeping is carried out at 8 knots (15 km/h). The crash stop length is five ship lengths from a speed of 15 knots (28 km/h).[2]

Service history[edit]

In 2011, HMCS Kingston was among the RCN vessels deployed to the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbe, Canada's contribution to Operation Martillo, the multinational effort to eliminate illegal trafficking in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean. In total, 201 metric tons were interdicted that year, in which Kingston played a part.[4]

In 2012, Kingston was assigned again to Operation Carribe. That year Operation Martillo seized 152 tons of cocaine and several million dollars in cash.[4]

In June 2013, Kingston and HMCS Glace Bay were sent on a seven-week tour of the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, making several port calls along the way. In 2014, she returned to serve in Operation Caribbe.[5] In the summer of 2014, Kingston, joined by the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfred Laurier and two private ships searched for and found one of the ships that disappeared during Franklin's lost expedition.[6]


  1. ^ "Official Lineages, Volume 2: Extant Commissioned Ships". National Defence and the Canadian Forces. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kingston Class Coastal Defence Vessels, Canada". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Saunders, Stephen (ed.) (2008). Jane's Fighting Ships 2008–2009. Jane's Fighting Ships (111th ed.). Surrey: Jane's Information Group. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-7106-2845-9. OCLC 225431774. 
  4. ^ a b "Operation CARIBBE". National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Kingston and Glace Bay Have Joined HMC Ships Nanaimo and Whitehorse On Op CARIBBE". Ottawa Citizen. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Rennie, Steve (9 September 2014). "Ship from famous lost Franklin expedition found in Arctic". The Canadian Press (CTV Montreal News). Retrieved 1 October 2014. 

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