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willthepiper16 Mar 2019 9:23 a.m. PST

It seems there was a battle in NDHQ a few years ago between the Government of the day and the RCN over ship names! The Navy successfully pushed back against having RCN ships named after land battles from the War of 1812:


For me, ship naming traditions are kind of interesting. I'm not keen on naming ships after people (so the USN insistence on having carriers named for former presidents, or ships named after various other people, never seems quite "right" to me). I like the Age of Sail names, with Greek heroes and gods (Achilles, Juno, Bellorophon and the like), or twentieth century traditions like the Tribal Class just sound right.

I like the comment that the RCN didn't want any of their ships to sound like a winery!

Bozkashi Jones17 Mar 2019 2:24 a.m. PST

I've always liked the Canadian tribal class names which were continued with the post war frigates: Athabaskan, Huron, Iroquois and Algonquin.

It's the main reason I added a couple of them to my UK/NATO 1980s force!

I also like the Greek names, such as those used on the Leander class.


Chazzmak18 Mar 2019 12:26 p.m. PST

Considering the ineptitude of our governments regarding military affairs, including our veterans, over the last 30 years, I'm surprised they wouldn't want to name ships after disasters. How does "Hindenburg" or "Chicago Fire" sound. More surprising is that they are aware that we have ships!

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