Saturday, May 4, 2013

Battle of the Atlantic

On Friday tugs cold moved HMCS Halifax into position at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic as part of the annual commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic. A Thursday parade was the start of many events related to naval activities during World War II..

As the lead ship in in its class of RCN frigates, and the first of the ships to emerge from the FELEX life extension refit program, not to mention that its name commemorates this City, it is appropriate the HMCS Halifax should be chosen this year to berth at the Museum.
On Sunday, which is designated Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, the RCN will make a change in its flag policy, and this will be most evident to the public if they watch HMCS Halifax.

All RCN ships while moored, will reverse the current practice, and hereafter fly the naval ensign on the stern and the Canadian flag on the jack staff in the bow. They will also display their commissioning pennant on the signal mast. While at sea they will hoist the Canadian flag on the signal mast, with no flags on the jack staff or on the stern.
This practice follows the RN tradition of flying the white ensign on the stern and the Union flag on the bow.

Once Halifax was tied up at the Museum piers (her bow line secured to a mooring buoy) she has the CSS Acadia to her port side - a ship which saw service, not only in the Second War War, but in the First World War too. Astern of Halifax is the summer berth for HMCS Sackville, the last remaining World War II corvette. A small shed at the berth, painted in North Atlantic camouflage, carries the corvette's pennant number 181.


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