For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS WINNIPEG 338
Though she was assembled at Saint John, Winnipeg's engine room modules were constructed at Georgetown, PEI, and transported by barge for incorporation into her hull. She was floated up on 05 Dec 1993 and delivered to the Navy on 11 Oct 1994. Winnipeg left Halifax on 16 Jan 1995 for Esquimalt, where she was commissioned on 23 Jun 1995 and assigned to Maritime Operations Group 2 that October. In 1996 she took part in RIMPAC 96 off Hawaii. On 01 Apr 1997, she replaced Fredericton in SNFL, with which she served four months. A highlight of 1998 was her participation in Ex UNITAS off South American, and in 2000 she was part of a task force involved in PACEX 2000. Early in 2001, Winnipeg departed Esquimalt to join the USS Constellation Carrier Battle Group for a six-month tour enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq. She returned to Esquimalt on 14 Sep 2001.
On 12 Aug 2010, the Winnipeg intercepted MV Sun Seg, a Thailand-flagged ship carrying Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka off the coast of BC. On 23 Apr 2013, HMCS Winnipeg, while in refit, was rammed while docked at CFB Esquimalt, by American sea trawler American Dynasty of the American Seafoods Company.
On 15 Jun 2015, HMCS Winnipeg departed Esquimalt to take part in OP REASSURANCE. En route, HMCS Winnipeg conducted surveillance patrols in support of OP CARIBBE. After an eight-and-a-half month deployment, HMCS Winnipeg returned to Esquimalt on 23 Feb 2016.