HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other ships with the same name, see HMCS Winnipeg.
Canadian Navy HMCS Winnipeg FFH338.JPG
HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338)
Name: Winnipeg
Namesake: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Builder: Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John
Laid down: 20 March 1993
Launched: 25 June 1994
Commissioned: 23 June 1995
Refit: HCM/FELEX April 2012-April 2013
Homeport: CFB Esquimalt
Motto: Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One with the strength of many)
Honours and
Atlantic 1943-45, Arabian Sea [1]
Fate: in active service
Badge: Azure, a Bison passant, Or.
General characteristics
Class and type: Halifax-class frigate
  • 3,995 metric tons (3,932 long tons) (light)
  • 4,795 metric tons (4,719 long tons) (operational)
  • 5,032 metric tons (4,953 long tons) (deep load)
Length: 134.2 m (440 ft 3 in)
Beam: 16.5 m (54 ft 2 in)
Draught: 7.1 m (23 ft 4 in)
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Range: 9,500 nmi (17,600 km; 10,900 mi)
Complement: 225 (including air detachment)
Aircraft carried: 1 × CH-124 Sea King

HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Royal Canadian Navy since 1996. She is a guided-missile frigate that also carries a multipurpose helicopter [but especially for anti-submarine warfare (ASW). Her missile armament includes Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Evolved Sea-Sparrow anti-aircraft and anti-missile missiles. She also carries ASW torpedoes for close-in defense, and a Phalanx CIWS defense cannon.

Winnipeg is the ninth ship in her class, whose design was based on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project. She is the second Canadian warship to carry the name HMCS Winnipeg.

Winnipeg was laid down on 20 March 1993 at Saint John Shipbuilding Company in Saint John, New Brunswick, and she was launched on 25 June 1994. This warship was officially commissioned into the Canadian Forces on 23 June 1995, and carries the hull classification symbol 338. In April 2012 Winnipeg was turned over to Seaspan Marine Corporation's Victoria Shipyards, to start an 18 month mid-life upgrading and modernization. On 10 April 2013 Winnipeg was returned to the Royal Canadian Navy to finish the midlife refit, and she will re-enter service sometime in 2014. The ship is assigned to the Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), and she has her home port at the Canadian Forces Maritime Base at Esquimalt.


Winnipeg serves on Canadian Forces MARPAC missions protecting Canada's sovereignty in the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean and in enforcing Canadian laws on its territorial oceans and Exclusive Economic Zone. The vessel has been deployed on missions throughout the Pacific, and also to the Indian Ocean; specifically on anti-terrorism operations in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, and counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Winnipeg also escorted United Nations ships carrying famine, plague, and overpopulation relief supplies to East Africa.[2]

On 12 August 2010, the frigate intercepted MV Sun Sea, a Thailand-flagged ship carrying Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, off the coast of British Columbia.[3]

On 23 April 2013, Winnipeg was rammed while docked at CFB Esquimalt, by American sea trawler American Dynasty of the American Seafoods Company. Six people were injured.[4] American Dynasty was being towed to the graving dock for repairs when the fishing vessel accelerated and veered to starboard, hitting the frigate. The resulting investigation found fault with the crew of the fishing vessel and their equipment.[5] Winnipeg, accompanied by Calgary, Yellowknife and Brandon, departed in October 2014 to take part the Task Group Exercise with the US and Japanese Navies in American coastal waters.[6]

In January 2015, Winnipeg was deployed in the eastern Pacific as part of Operation Caribbe 2015, part of a joint multinational effort to eliminate illegal trafficking through the waters around central America and the Caribbean nations.[7] Winnipeg was deployed to Operation Caribbe for three weeks in June, after which the ship transited the Panama Canal to join NATO's Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea.[8]

In January 2016, she made port visits to Penang, the first Royal Canadian Navy ship to do so, and Singapore.[9][10] Winnipeg returned to Victoria on 23 February.[11]



  1. ^ "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Prime Minister of Canada. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Canada to protect UN relief ship from pirate attacks off Somalia". Canadian Press. Globe and Mail. 17 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tamil migrant ship boarded by Canadian officials". CBC. 12 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Trawler strikes navy ship sending 6 to B.C. hospital". CBC News. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "$3.1-million settlement for navy ship damaged by trawler". Times Colonist. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "HMCS Calgary, Winnipeg, Brandon and Yellowknife set sail for U.S. exercise". Defence Watch. Ottawa Citizen. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Pugliese, David (27 January 2015). "HMCS Winnipeg in Eastern Pacific as part of Operation CARIBBE 2015". Defence Watch. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Canadian Navy's HMCS Winnipeg to join Nato operation reassurance". 4 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Nambiar, Predeep (17 January 2016). "Canadian warship HMCS Winnipeg visits Penang". New Straits Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Shushan, Lam (21 January 2016). "Canada's HMCS Winnipeg docks in Singapore as part of strategic engagement". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Dickson, Louise (24 February 2016). "HMCS Winnipeg is home, HMCS Protecteur is leaving for final journey". Times Colonist. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 


External links[edit]