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HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341)
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HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) departs Naval Station Pearl Harbor
Career (Canada)
Name: HMCS Ottawa
Namesake: Ottawa River, Ontario/Quebec[1]
Owner: Royal Canadian Navy Maritime Forces Pacific
Builder: Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John
Laid down: 29 April 1995
Launched: 31 May 1996
Commissioned: 28 September 1996
Homeport: CFB Esquimalt
Identification: 341
Motto: EGOR BEOFOR (Ocean Beaver)[2]
Honours and
Atlantic 1939-1945
Normandy 1944
English Channel 1944
Biscay 1944
Fate: Active in service
Notes: Colours:white and red
Badge: File:Ottawa small.jpg
Gules, a bend wavy argent charged with two cotises wavy azure, over all a beaver or, the sinister forepaw resting on a log of silver birch proper.
General characteristics
Class & type: Halifax-class frigate
Displacement: 3,995 tonnes (light)
4,795 tonnes (operational)
5,032 tonnes (deep load)
Length: 134.2 m
Beam: 16.5 m
Draught: 7.1 m
Propulsion: 2 × LM2500 Gas turbines
1 × SEMT Pielstick Diesel engine
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 9,500 nautical miles (17,595 km)
Complement: 225 (including air detachment)
Armament: 24 × Honeywell Mk 46 torpedoes
16 × Evolved Sea-Sparrow SAM
8 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
1 × 57 mm Bofors Mk2 gun
1 × 20 mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
4 × .50 Caliber Naval Remote Weapon Stations
Aircraft carried: 1 × CH-124 Sea King

HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) is a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate.

Ottawa is the twelfth and final ship in the Halifax Class that were built as part of the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project. She is the fourth vessel to carry the name HMCS Ottawa. The first three were named for the Ottawa River. This ship is the first named for Canada's national capital, the City of Ottawa.

Canadian Sailors aboard the Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa handle mooring lines.

Ottawa was laid down on 29 April 1995 at Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John and launched on 31 May 1996. She was officially commissioned on 28 September 1996 and carries the hull classification symbol 341.

She is assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) and is homeported at HMC Dockyard, CFB Esquimalt. The ships sponsor was Honorary Captain Sonja Bata. At the time of her commissioning the Commanding Officer was Commander Gilles Goulet.


Ottawa serves on MARPAC missions protecting Canada's sovereignty in the Pacific Ocean and enforcing Canadian laws in its territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone.

Ottawa has also been deployed on missions throughout the Pacific and to the Indian Ocean; specifically the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea on anti-terrorism operations.

On 6 June 2011, Ottawa began a four-and-a-half-month training deployment and goodwill tour in the Pacific which included port visits to Australia, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan.[3] Ottawa participated with the Australian Navy and U.S. Seventh Fleet in the multi-lateral naval exercise Operation Talisman Saber 2011 between 11–26 July 2011. Ottawa subsequently operation in the U.S. Navy's Carrier Strike Group Nine and participated in Fleet Week activities in San Diego, California, between 26–30 September 2011. Ottawa returned to its home base of Esquimalt, British Columbia, on 13 October 2011.[4][5]

On Monday the 12th of December HMCS Ottawa welcomed a new Commanding Officer, Commander Scott Van Will.[6] Following the holidays Ottawa started working up for the next year of activity. This began with directed workups and various training activities leading up to the larger RIMPAC exercise in the summer.[7] Training included new firefighting equipment use, Fleet Navigation Officer Training, and Air Detachment integration. There was also a stop in Port McNeill and Alert Bay to visit local schools.[8] The ship joined the Iroquois class destroyer HMCS Algonquin, and the Victoria class submarine HMCS Victoria for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. RIMPAC 2012 took place from 27 June to 3 August 2012. It is a biannual, multi-national maritime exercise held off the coast of Hawaii and is designed to improve inter-operability and understanding between military forces from nations with an interest in the Pacific Rim, thus increasing stability in the region. Canada has participated in every RIMPAC exercise since its inception in 1971. RIMPAC 2012 was the largest ever. The exercise involved forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[9]

In June 2013, HMCS Ottawa received a new Commanding Officer, Commander Julian Barnard.[10]

Lineage - Ottawa

First of Name

HMCS Ottawa (H60)
 Destroyer, River Class
 Ex-HMS Crusader (H60)
 Commissioned: 15 June 1938
 Sunk: 14 September 1942[11]

Second of Name

HMCS Ottawa (H31)
 Destroyer, River Class
 Ex-HMS Griffin; ex-HMCS Griffin
 Commissioned: 7 April 1943
 Paid off: 12 October 1945[12]

Third of Name

HMCS Ottawa (DDH 229)
 Destroyer, St. Laurent Class
 Commissioned: 10 November 1956
 Paid off into refit: 24 May 1963
 Recommissioned: 28 October 1964 as Destroyer, Improved St. Laurent Class
 Paid off: 31 July 1992[13]

Fourth of Name

 HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341)
 Frigate, Halifax Class
 Commissioned: 28 Sep 1996


  1. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Official Lineages, Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from
  2. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Official Lineages, Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from
  3. SLt Robert Kerr, RCN (2011-10-11). "Saying Goodbye". Current Operations - WESTPLOY. Royal Canadian Navy - HMCS Ottawa. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  4. "HMCS Protecteur to leave Esquimalt Harbour Monday for exercise off southern California". Life. Times Colonist. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  5. "HMCS Ottawa Returning Thursday From Goodwill Tour in Asia Pacific Region". News - Defence Watch. Ottawa Citizen. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  6. "Change of Command". Life. Royal Canadian Navy. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  7. "Keeping up with a Busy Schedule". Life. Royal Canadian Navy. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  8. "Back to School for HMCS OTTAWA". Life. Royal Canadian Navy. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  9. "Exercise RIMPAC 2012 to begin next month". News. "Naval Technology. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  10. "HMCS Ottawa welcomes new captain". Esquimalt Lookout Newspaper. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  11. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Official Lineages, Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from
  12. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Official Lineages, Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from
  13. National Defence and the Canadian Forces (2012) Official Lineages, Volume 2: Ships. Retrieved from

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