HMCS Edmonton

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HMCS Edmonton in 2007
Name: Edmonton
Namesake: Edmonton, Alberta
Builder: Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax
Laid down: 8 December 1995
Launched: 31 October 1996
Commissioned: 21 June 1997
Homeport: CFB Esquimalt
Identification: MM 703
Motto: Industria ditat ("Industry enriches")
Status: in active service
Notes: Colours: gold and black
General characteristics
Class and type: Kingston-class coastal defence vessel
Displacement: 970 long tons (990 t)
Length: 55.3 m (181 ft 5.2 in)
Beam: 11.3 m (37 ft 0.9 in)
Draught: 3.4 m (11 ft 1.9 in)
  • 4 × Jeumont ANR-53-50 alternators, 4 × 600VAC Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines, 7.2 MW (9,655 hp)
  • 2 × Jeumont CI 560L motors, 3,000 hp (2,200 kW)
  • 2 × LIPS Z drive azimuth thrusters
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 8 kn (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Complement: 33 – up to 47 with Accommodations payload embarked
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sperry Marine Bridgemaster "E" radars (one I band, the other E/F band)
  • Global Positioning System
  • Sperry Marine NAVIGAT X Mk1 Gyrocompasses (2)
  • Sperry Marine NAVITWIN IV Heading Management System
  • AN/SQS-511 towed side scan sonar
  • Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS)

HMCS Edmonton is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1997. Edmonton is the fourth ship of its class, all of which were built for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project. The ship is the first vessel to use the designation HMCS Edmonton. The ship is assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) and is homeported at CFB Esquimalt.

Design and description[edit]

The Kingston class was designed to fill the minesweeper, coastal patrol and reserve training needs of the Canadian Forces, replacing the Bay-class minesweepers, Porte-class gate vessels and Royal Canadian Mounted Police coastal launches in those roles.[1] In order to perform these varied duties the 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.[2] The seven module types available for embarkation include four route survey, two mechanical minesweeping and one bottom inspection modules.[1]

The Kingston class displace 970 long tons (990 t) and are 55.3 metres (181 ft 5 in) long overall with a beam 11.3 metres (37 ft 1 in) and a draught of 3.4 metres (11 ft 2 in).[1] The coastal defence vessels are powered by four Jeumont ANR-53-50 alternators coupled to four Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines creating 7.2 megawatts (9,700 hp). Two LIPS Z-drive azimuth thrusters are driven by two Jeumont CI 560L motors creating 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW) and the Z drives can be rotated 360°. This gives the ships a maximum speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) and a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph).[3]

The Kingston class is equipped with two Sperry Marine Bridgemaster "E" navigational radars, one using the I band and the other operating in the E and F bands.[4] In 2017 Edmonton will be fitted with the Sperry Marine navigation suite, including updated NAVIGAT X gyrocompasses and NAVITWIN IV heading management system and repeaters.[5] The vessels are equipped to carry an AN/SQS-511 towed side scan sonar for minesweeping and a Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS). The vessels were equipped with one Bofors 40 mm/60 calibre Mk 5C gun and two M2 machine guns.[3][a] The 40 mm has since been removed from all twelve vessels. Sea trials are underway in one ship of the class with the .50 calibre Nanuk RWS with IOC expected in late 2017. The Kingston-class coastal defence vessels have a regular complement of 33, with bunks available (using the accommodations payload) for up to 47.[citation needed]

Service history[edit]

Edmonton was laid down on 8 August 1995 by Halifax Shipyards Ltd. at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was launched on 31 October 1996. The ship underwent sea trials on the east coast before transferring to the west coast, accompanied by Moresby. The vessel was commissioned into the Canadian Forces on 21 June 1997[6] at Esquimalt, British Columbia and carries the hull number MM 703.[7]

In June–July 2002, Edmonton and sister ships Nanaimo and Saskatoon participated in the naval exercise RIMPAC 2002 off Hawaii.[7]

In September 2013, Edmonton and sister ship Yellowknife sailed from Esquimalt for Operation Caribbe, the first such deployment of west coast Kingston class. On 25 October, Edmonton and her embarked United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) intercepted a panga-style vessel and seized 639 kilograms (1,409 lb) of cocaine. Two days later, Edmonton and her LEDET intercepted a second vessel and recovered 468 kg (1,032 lb) of cocaine that had been jettisoned during the chase.[8]

In February 2016 Edmonton and Saskatoon sailed from Esquimalt to join Operation Caribbe.[9] On 25 March, in conjunction with the United States Navy destroyer Lassen, Edmonton intercepted drug smugglers in international waters off the coast of Central America. After being stopped the smuggling vessel attempted to dump its cargo overboard. Edmonton, working with a LEDET detachment, recovered 27 bales of cocaine equalling 650 kg (1,430 lb).[10] Edmonton and Saskatoon returned to Esquimalt on 29 April 2016.[11] On 6 October, Brandon and Edmonton left Esquimalt to participate in Operation Caribbe along the Pacific coast.[12] Between 15 and 18 November, Edmonton disrupted three separate shipments of illegal narcotics. On 15 November, Edmonton recovered 40 kg (88 lb) from the ocean after a fishing vessel was intercepted by the United States Coast Guard. On 17 November, a second fishing vessel was stopped by the United States Coast Guard and Edmonton recovered 16 bales of cocaine weighing roughly 760 kg (1,680 lb) from the ocean. On 18 November, Edmonton took 15 bales of cocaine weighing roughly 710 kg (1,570 lb) from the ocean after the drug smugglers escaped.[13] Brandon and Edmonton returned to Esquimalt on 16 December.[14]



  1. ^ The 60 calibre denotes the length of the gun. This means that the length of the gun barrel is 60 times the bore diameter.


  1. ^ a b c Macpherson and Barrie, p. 299
  2. ^ Saunders (2008), p. 95
  3. ^ a b Saunders (2004), p. 92
  4. ^ Corporation, Northrop Grumman. "Northrop Grumman Wins Contracts to Supply Navigation Radars for Canadian Navy and Coast Guard". Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Royal Canadian Navy's Kingston-class ships to be outfitted with new navigation equipment". Ottawa Citizen. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Navy, Government of Canada, National Defence, Royal Canadian. "HMCS Edmonton". Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Macpherson and Barrie, p. 300
  8. ^ "Canadian military helps U.S. seize 1.1 tonnes of cocaine". CBC News. The Canadian Press. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Esquimalt-based naval vessels join Operation Caribbe". Times Colonist. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Pugliese, David (8 April 2016). "More drug seizures for Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Saskatoon and Edmonton". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  11. ^ van Straaten, Tess (29 April 2016). "Shawnigan protesters greet defence minister as HMCS Edmonton, Saskatoon come home". CHEK News. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Pugliese, David (6 October 2016). "Three Royal Canadian Navy ships to take part in counter-drug operation". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  13. ^ Pugliese, David (2 December 2016). "HMCS Edmonton involved in three drug busts – more than 2,000 kilograms of coke seized". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Navy ships back home after massive cocaine bust at sea". CTV News. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 


  • Macpherson, Ken; Barrie, Ron (2002). The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910–2002 (Third ed.). St. Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing. ISBN 1-55125-072-1. 
  • Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2004). Jane's Fighting Ships 2004–2005 (107 ed.). Alexandria, Virginia: Jane's Information Group Inc. ISBN 0-7106-2623-1. 
  • Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2008). Jane's Fighting Ships 2008–2009. Jane's Fighting Ships (111th ed.). Surrey: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2845-9. OCLC 225431774. 

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