HMCS Nanaimo (MM 702)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMCS Nanaimo.
HMCS Namaimo alongside in Victoria Harbour for Canada Day 2009 celebrations
HMCS Namaimo alongside in Victoria Harbour for Canada Day 2009 celebrations
Career (Canada)
Name: Nanaimo
Namesake: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Builder: Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax
Laid down: 11 August 1995
Launched: 17 May 1996
Commissioned: 10 May 1997
Homeport: CFB Esquimalt
Identification: 702
Motto: Faith and Labour[1]
Honours and
Atlantic 1941-44, Gulf of St. Lawrence 1944[1]
Status: Active in service
Notes: Colours: Gold and Blue[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Kingston-class coastal defence vessel
Displacement: 970 tonnes
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)
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 Nanaimo is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel that has served in the Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Navy since 1997.

Nanaimo is the third ship of her class, which is the name for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project. She is the second vessel to use the designation HMCS Nanaimo.

Nanaimo was laid down on 11 August 1995 by Halifax Shipyards Ltd. at Halifax and was launched on 17 May 1996. She was officially commissioned into the Canadian Forces on 10 May 1997 at Nanaimo, British Columbia and carries the pennant number 702.[2]

She is assigned to Joint Task Force Pacific (formerly Maritime Forces Pacific) and is homeported at CFB Esquimalt.

Nanaimo underway in July 2006

Operational history[edit]

After commissioning, Nanaimo was assigned to the west coast. In June 2002, she participated in RIMPAC 2002. As part of Operation CARIBBE, she patrolled the eastern Pacific Ocean with her sister HMCS Whitehorse in February 2014.[3] She once again participated in RIMPAC in 2014, as part of the units operating of Southern California.[4]

Underway in San Diego, CA on June 27, 2014.


  1. ^ a b c "Official Lineages, Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships.". National Defence and the Canadian Forces. 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Macpherson, Ken; Barrie, Ron (2002). Warships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-2002 (3 ed.). St. Catharines: Vanwell Publishing Ltd. p. 303. ISBN 1-55125-072-1. 
  3. ^ Pugliese, David (13 February 2014). "Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Nanaimo and Whitehorse On Their Way To Operation Caribbe". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Pugliese, David (26 June 2014). "Full list of participating forces and military assets for RIMPAC 2014". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 

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