For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS ST JOHN'S 340
St. John's was floated up on 26 Aug 1995. The first to be named for Newfoundland's capital city, she was commissioned there on 24 Jun 1996. She joined SNFL on 7 August 1997 at Norfolk, Va., returning home on 18 Dec 1997. She took part in NATO Exercise Strong Resolve in Norwegian waters in the early spring of 1998, and that fall joined Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (SNFM), returning to Halifax on 15 Dec 1998. On 23 Mar 1999, St. John's and three consorts sailed south for a month's training. The following spring found her in the Caribbean area yet again, making courtesy visits and taking part in the international Exercise Unitas. She sailed on 01 May 2002 to join in Operation Apollo.
St. John's also has a history of supporting local charities and charities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Originating the “Run the Rock” in 1996, members of the ship’s company have raised C$520,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Newfoundland in their annual relay across Newfoundland. In the Run the Rock 2013 fundraiser, crew members raised $75,717.20, the most successful year in the events history. HMCS St. John's also supports the Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation in St. John's, Newfoundland.