For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS VANCOUVER 331
Built at Saint John Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Vancouver was floated up on 08 Jul 1989; departed Halifax on 18 Jun 1993 for Esquimalt; and commissioned at Vancouver on 23 Aug 1993. In May-Jul 1994 she took part in Exercise RIMPAC 94 off Hawaii before making courtesy visits to ports in Japan and South Korea. Early in 1995 she exercised with a US Carrier battle group, successfully launching a Sea Sparrow missile on the Pacific Firing Range off California. WESTPLOY 95 saw her leave Esquimalt with Regina on 10 May 1995 for visits to several ports in Southeast Asia, Vancouver then making calls in Australia and New Zealand before returning home on 04 Aug 1995. In the course of WESTPLOY 97 she again visited several Southeast Asian ports, and while involved in RIMPAC 98 made calls in Japan, China, Russia and South Korea. On 29 Oct 2001, Vancouver sailed from Esquimalt to become part of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Battle Group, as part of the US-led coalition against terrorist forces in Afghanistan. The Battle Group arrived in Hong Kong on 29 Nov 2001, and in the Arabian Gulf on 19 Dec 2001. Vancouver returned home to Esquimalt on 28 May 2002.
HMCS Vancouver - Commissioning Book