The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has named its two new Joint Support Ships (JSS), which will be built by Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. in North Vancouver, B.C. They will be named HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay in recognition of the significant battles of Queenston Heights and Chateauguay during the War of 1812.
“Canada’s rich military history is a source of inspiration for the men and women who currently serve in the Royal Canadian Navy,” said Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. “The events surrounding the War of 1812 remind us of the sacrifices of soldiers and sailors who fought for their country during a pivotal moment in Canadian history.”
Traditionally, the name of a class of warship is derived from the name of the first vessel in this class to be constructed. Queenston will be built first, therefore, the two JSS will be known as the Queenston-class.
These ships will provide under way replenishment capability for fuel and other supplies, and offer hospital facilities and strategic sealift for operations ashore. They will ensure that the military can continue to monitor and defend Canadian waters and make significant contributions to international naval operations. The JSS will provide Canada with a modern, task-tailored, globally deployable support capability for naval task groups for extended periods.
For more information about the JSS, visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/business-equipment/joint-support-ship.page?
(Crowsnest – Spring 2014 / April 24, 2014)