Fabled WW2 destroyer named as ceremonial flagship

Fabled WW2 destroyer named as ceremonial flagship
From CBC - February 14, 2018

Turns out there are limits to the Canadian military's appetite for used equipment.

A bid to have the storied Second World War destroyer HMCS Haida recommissioned has been rejected by National Defence.

Responding to an e-petition tabled recently in the House of Commons, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the warshipcurrently in the custody of Parks Canada and docked in Hamilton is a valued part of the country's naval history.

"While the government does not support the re-commissioning of the HMCS Haida, it will designate the HMCS Haida the Flagship of the [Royal Canadian Navy] for ceremonial purposes," said the written response.

It's a victory for supporters of the group Project Naval Distinction, which has been lobbying forthe honour for well over a year.

It wanted the government to formally designate the Haidathe"fightingest" ship in Canadian history,to make it a permanent part of the Canadian War Museum and to issue a commemorative coin.

This summer marks the 75th anniversary of Haida's commissioning. The warshipfought in the North Atlantic and off Normandy during the Second World War, and was in service during the Korean War.

'Costly and difficult'

It is credited by historians with sinking more surface ships than any other Royal Canadian Navy warship.


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