For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS OTTAWA 341
Ottawa was floated up on 31 May 1996, and commissioned at Cornwall on 28 Sep 1996. On 16 Nov 1996, in company with the new MCDV Nanaimo, she left Halifax for Esquimalt, where the two are based. On 16 Jun 1998 Ottawa sailed to join the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group in the Arabian Gulf, enforcing the UN Trade embargo against Iraq. Although not the first assigned to such duties, Ottawa was the first Canadian warship to be completely integrated operationally into such a group. She returned to Esquimalt shortly before Christmas. Ottawa departed Esquimalt on 17 Feb 2002 to join Operation Apollo, Canada's contribution to the war on terrorism, returning on 17 Aug 2002. On 07 Aug 2003, while escorting HMCS Victoria some 200 nautical miles at sea in the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, HMCS Ottawa experienced a major fire in its engine room. The fire was extinguished after several hours and Ottawa was able to proceed under her own power afterward.
On 25 Aug 2016, HMCS Ottawa rescued the crew from a burning fishing vessel off the coast of Uclulet, BC.