HMCS Nanaimo Bell in Namesake During Ship’s Refit

On the afternoon of Tuesday, November 2, 2021, City of Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog received the ship bell from HMCS Nanaimo for safe keeping. HMCS Nanaimo, a Kingston-class maritime coastal defense vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy, is about to go into dry dock for maintenance. Keeping with tradition, any time a Royal Canadian naval ship goes into dry dock, the bell is returned to the ship’s namesake city for safe-guarding.

HMCS Nanaimo’s 40mm gun was the only anti-aircraft defense Canada could muster for the 1993 Clinton-Yeltsin Summit in Vancouver. The gun is now on public display at the Vancouver Island Military Museum in Nanaimo. George Washington University photo.

Since it’s commissioning on May 10, 1997, HMCS Nanaimo has operated from Canada’s north down to the Galapagos Islands, and has provided coastal defense, search and rescue operations, and training opportunities as well as protection during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The vessel has also been an integral part of US-led anti-narcotics missions.

The ship is currently in Esquimalt until mid-November, then will go to the Point Hope Shipyards in Victoria. HMCS Nanaimo is scheduled to return back to Esquimalt sometime in the spring of 2022. The ship and their crew will then go through trials and readiness training in the summer/fall of 2022. Until then, the ship’s bell will be securely vaulted away, awaiting HMCS Nanaimo’s return to the waters.

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